Bartender says bartenders warn each other about not tipping

One bartender’s explanation of how some others in the industry prioritize or not prioritize customers based on their tip resonated with fellow bartenders and garnered over 230,000 views on TikTok.

In his video, user Roman (@romansparkles) explains to a hypothetical customer why he’s not getting service at the bar.

“If you don’t tip, we tell the other bartenders who doesn’t tip so we don’t go to you,” he says in the video. “I’m not saying you have to tip a lot, but if you tip at least 10%, we’ll come to you. You tip 20% or more, we’ll make sure to get hold of you. If you tip more than 50%, I will RKO whoever is in front of you and make sure you get served. How does that sound?

@romansparkles Drop a double lariat for 100% tip #fyp #foryou #bartender #bartok #serverlife #servertok ♬ Original sound – Roman

The Daily Dot contacted Roman via Instagram direct message regarding the video.

Many viewers shared his sentiment, saying they gave preferential treatment to customers who are known for tipping.

“Tip 100% on your first drink and you’ll get VIP service all night,” wrote one commenter.

“Tips and attitude are the way to my heart, if you are nice to me you are my top priority because I would rather spend time with Wu,” shared another.

“I spend what you give,” claimed a third. “You don’t give anything, I’m moving damn slow while you get a quick cast. You take care of me, I’ll take care of you.”

Others shared their experiences as customers who are known for tipping well.

“I gave a guy 20 for a 5 drink, the guy gave me his nickname and said every time I come up that night and hear the name he’ll skip everyone else in there,” said one user.

“That’s why I get EXTREMELY FAST service (I always tip 40-50%),” wrote another.

“I give the bartender $20 as soon as I get there not finally if I have to play Eye Tag all night lol,” commented another user.


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*Initial publication: April 10, 2023 at 8:38 am CDT

Brooke Sjoberg

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