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Social Stereotypes: The Odd Barman

In the second in our series of Social Stereotypes, we chronicle a bartender you’d do best to avoid… Be sure not to meet The Odd Barman

 

Go to a bar anywhere in the world and you’ll likely find a jovial chap (or chappess) when your need for a drink beckons. Most are there for one reason: They love their craft and beyond that they adore a good beverage just as much as the next average Joe.

 

Social Stereotypes: The Odd Barman
A monkey would be more use behind a bar than an Odd Barman

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These late risers and non-emailers (bartenders, it should be noted, live and rule via Facebook messaging services) make their own rules and they also sleep by them too (there isn’t many a serious barman anyone will likely wake before 12 noon). Blessed be the man or woman who finds the perfect barman as they’ll mix your Negroni just the way you love it or your Cosmopolitan with such aplomb that after begging for a second you’ll soon find you’ve had your fifth but what one has to beware of is the barman at the opposite end of the spectrum.

 

The Odd Barman (as we hereby christen him) operates by the rule of either speaking too much or not at all. They either join in to the point that you wont get a word in edgeways or they simply stand there and pull a miserable face. A genuinely real example comes in the form of a barman from the Czech Republic who came to Britain with a view to become a vicar but instead found himself pulling pints. His miserable face turned the beer sour whilst on the other side of the scales comes another who thinks he’ll be the next Russell Brand. Instead, after upsetting one female customer too many with his flirtatious ways, he eventually always gets a dose of Donald Trump.

 

In short, we urge readers to beware of The Odd Barman as with them only one things for certain: If you annoy them, they’ll likely put Tabasco in your gin… And, then, you’ll be sick.

 

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