I’m a bartender at a generally calm, peaceful neighborhood bar…but I’ve seen a few memorable moments, the chief of which was the night that one of our regulars got into a fight with some random guy…
A beer bottle was pounded on a table, making it into a jagged-glass kinda deadly weapon, and it was being pounded on the head of said regular…
My co-worker ran from behind the bar and got between these two guys.
I said to myself, “Now that’s something I don’t get paid enough to do.” (FTR I get paid 4 bucks an hour.)
She wrestled the broken bottle out of the assailant’s hand and subdued the fight and the “non-regular” left, after being threatened with police.
I’ve also seen chairs, glassware, ashtrays, you name it, being used as weapons.
But the thing is, it’s so rare and such a spectacle that it doesn’t ever become “the norm.” Most nights we don’t have a bouncer, but we always have regulars who will solve any problems that might arise.
But when they do…I swear it looks fake. We’ve all seen it in movies so often that when it’s actually happening it looks silly and odd. Quick and stupid and unreal. Like pro-wrestling, it appears staged and absurd.
I would never wanna work at a bar where it was normal, but I’m in the biz and there are plenty of those kinda bars.