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Cigar Smoke And Spiked Drinks

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Two friends weren’t best pleased when I bumped into them earlier this week and were both adamant that they’d never be returning to a couple of bars they were regulars in after getting shit service and attitude over two very different issues.

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No Hair Jim was anything but pleased with a small watering hole down the lane beside Soi 20 when he popped in for a few refreshments with a pal of his and was soon told he couldn’t fire up his cigar after ordering.

Now that would be fair enough if the bar in question had a no smoking or no cigars policy but he had the bosses blessing to smoke til his heart was content the night before when the bar was busyish.

On the night in question he asked, “Why not tonight when it’s never been a problem before?”

Apparently the new rule had come into effect as “the girls don’t like it”. He and his mate were the only two customers at the time.

Yet another case of the inmates running the asylum in the bar business. Something you witness often when out and about around the usual haunts.

Is this the bars loss or gain? I’d say the bars loss in this case as it’s not in a prime location, not that busy, plus Jim has a fat wallet and thirsty friends. The kind of customer who can make or break a small bars night.

If I was the boss I’d have let No Hair Jim carry on for that night and made him aware in the future it wouldn’t be possible to smoke his cigars inside the bar.

At least dealing with the issue using common sense wouldn’t have pissed him off to the point he’ll never go back as he would most likely have popped in now and again for a quickie before heading somewhere he was welcome with his cigars.

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The second story is from another part of town where a fellow Jock likes to hang out on a regular basis and is known about the bars.

He was telling me he challenged one foreign bar manager this week over a drink he’d been served as it didn’t taste anything like what he had ordered, only to be told not to worry the staff sometimes do that.

Seriously? WTF kind of answer is that to give a regular customer or any customer for that matter?

The reason he brought this up was because it had happened twice the week before in a DIFFERENT bar that left him ill the following day.

When he mentioned this to a few of his mates they had encountered the same issue recently in a number of bars.

Odd tasting drinks followed by a day feeling ill.

The Moral Of The Story here is if you order say a vodka and it doesn’t taste like vodka then send it straight back politely asking for a replacement. Don’t go kicking up a stink or raising your voice as that will achieve sweet eff all.

If after that you still aren’t satisfied speak to the manager or owner and let them deal with it. If you still aren’t happy with the outcome I’d check bin never to return. There’s plenty of well run bars out there that don’t pull stunts like this and any rogue staff will soon be kicked into touch if the bosses care about their customers when made aware of what’s going on.

Stickboy aka Sticky Boy aka Mike McKay aka Mike McKwai, Wild Mike, Magic Mike, Mr Mike, and a fair few more best forgotten, is a party animal with hollow legs who loves music, current affairs, beer, food, causing trouble on Twitter, and making the most of life without worrying too much about what people think or say about his antics. You can send him stuff here - stickboybkk@gmail.com

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EMAIL OF THE DAY: Hey Dickboy

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Hey Dickboy, why aren’t you talking about what’s going on in America right now instead of sharing pictures of ugly women?

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Stick Says: I have no interest in what’s going on in my own country let alone yours.

Keep em coming… your feedback, thoughts and abuse make it all worthwhile.

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A #GammonSteakMoment – What The Hell Is That?

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In the most basic terms, a #GammonSteakMoment is a simple and silly event that can occur anywhere at any time that is guaranteed to ruin my whole day and comes from a hilarious conversation over a few beers with J & J who were taking the piss out of old Stick for spitting the dummy at insignificant shite.

It all started out with me ordering a Gammon Steak for my lunch one day that despite telling the waitress twice what I wanted as we confirmed the order the food failed to appear on the table in front of me.

I was bloody starving and my entire day was ruined.

I sat buggering about on my phone while the other half fed her face as often the Thai dish will arrive first. My belly was rumbling and my mouth watering as I sat thinking about my food. I’d not eaten gammon steak with pineapple, a fried egg and chips for about 4 years and this was all I wanted.

Fat face had already licked her plate clean and there was no sign of mine. I even sat there making excuses like the kitchen must be busy.

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“Do you want me to ask the waitress will it be long?”
“Nah, it will be here in two tics”.

Two tics my arse. The gammon steak never made it out the fucking fridge.

Bastards.

The silly service lass couldn’t even get a two meal order right and there were only about six people in the bloody place.

My day was ruined. And no, I’d waited 30 minutes already and I wasn’t waiting for another 30 so don’t even think about suggesting such a sensible idea.

And so, it began.

Now any time something trivial gets on my goat it is referred to as a #GammonSteakMoment and yes, it is always something that doesn’t really matter but for some reason, I let myself get wound up by it.

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More Bust Than Boom Coming For Bangkok Bars: Part 1

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Over and over I keep reading and hearing how the good times will roll again soon for Bangkok bars when the government ease measures under Phase 4 of their plan to allow life to return to normal that will see entertainment venues allowed to reopen having been shuttered since March 18.

This leaves me to think that owners, managers and customers haven’t thought things through and are being blinded by the light at the end of the tunnel to the reality of what is potentially coming.

If bar and business owners think that when borders reopen and inbound passenger flights are permitted again that it’s going to be boom time they’re going to be gravely disappointed.

In my opinion, it will be more bust and very little boom.

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Of course, there is a large expat community here in Bangkok but their disposable income only goes so far and the majority of venues require tourists to stay in the black.

Even when flights are allowed to land again how many tourists from the USA, UK, Europe and Australia will be booking a ticket?

The first question I ask myself is, can they afford to?

So many people have been hit hard in the pocket over the coronavirus situation, paid off, laid off, hours cut and you all know the rest, meaning as much as they would like to return to Thailand, do they have cash to come?

Prices for flights are going to be sky-high. The good old days of discount deals are done. The airline industry is on its knees right now and a cheap two-week return ticket to Thailand isn’t going to be splashed all over their landing pages.

We also don’t know at this point what each country is going to require upon entry. To visit Thailand you might need a medical certificate and a decent insurance policy to cover you for COVID and a lengthy stay in hospital should you catch it.

Then there is the possibility of being required to undergo quarantine, not just in Thailand but upon returning to your home country. 14 days when you arrive, two weeks partying and soaking up the sun followed by another two weeks when you return home – if you’re allowed to re-enter.

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Sure, I’m giving worst-case scenarios but as I said to start with, not many in the bar business seem to have considered any of these points.

All I hear is expectations of thousands flying in and cash registers going cha-ching.

And what I’ve mentioned above is just to get through the exit doors at Suvarnabhumi. But what about when they are free to do as they wish with some cash in their pocket looking for a good time?

I for one don’t believe for a single second that there won’t be a new mindset and believing you can just give customers what they had before and charging funny money for it isn’t going to cut it any more.

Unless there are some big changes by bars, in my opinion, they are doomed.

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