One of the more enjoyable aspects of bartending for me is engaging in practical jokes and various pranks with other employees in the service industry. It’s important to incorporate a bit of fun into the job. A couple of months ago, I initiated a bar war with Gary…who tends bar across the street. http://talesfromabar.com/2012/02/psychological-warfare/ He retaliated by sending a pair of lesbians over who were at his bar inquiring for the “hook up” on cocaine. He hinted that I was the person to talk to and sure enough they came to my bar dropping Gary’s name and quietly asking if I was the snowman. Gary knows I have never touched the stuff in my life so he must have laughed his ass off at this successful prank. I was frustrated at first, but quickly regrouped and told the girls that they were unfortunately pawns captured by an inside joke…the best I could offer was Grey Goose and Red Bull. They didn’t laugh…and left. I had Steve cover the bar and covertly went across the street armed with a jar of honey and a few cream cheese packets. I applied the sticky cocktail liberally under the door handles on Gary’s truck. A few nights later he got me with my own trick…only he used sunscreen. I answered back by sneaking over the next evening with my busboy and putting five full size trash cans from the parking lot in the bed of his truck. We didn’t empty the trash into it…we just set them upright in the back. It looked fucking hilarious. So tonight…I finished up with an uneventful, slow and incredibly boring shift to discover my truck completely encased in wrapping paper with numerous pink ribbons streaming from the bumpers, antenna and windshield wipers. Gary is proving himself quite a formidable opponent. Do any of you have any ideas on how I can punk his truck? Please keep them within the realm of fun and games. I just want to get even…I don’t want to blow it up with an Irish Car Bomb!
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