That sound you just heard? It was the collective screams of recognition from bartenders watching a viral TikTok.
@jacquelinee.rose I can hear the AMEX tap in my sleep #nightlife #bartender #bartending #bar #nightclub #philly #phillytok #bottlegirl #bottleservice #nightlifeindustry #drinks #work ♬ original sound – Jackie
In the video, Jackie sits in her car and runs through some of the customer behavior that really annoy her.
“My No. 1 ick is when a guy brings a girl over to the bar. He orders the drinks. He goes, ‘We’ll take two vodka sodas,’ ordering for her. I make the drinks, I walk them over to him. You would assume that the man is going to pay. He just brought this girl over, they don’t know each other. And when I look at him for payment, he looks over to the girl,” she said.
Then, the man in this scenario might say he forgot his wallet or his cash, Jackie says, and the woman is unexpectedly left with the tab.
“These girls could get free drinks from 99% of the people in the room, and she just happened to pick the one idiot that just finessed her into buying him a drink,” the creator said.
Jackie’s second ick is when customers—usually men—come up and tap their credit card on the bar. “Bonus points if it’s one of those thick, metal American Expresses that really, really makes the noise,” she explained.
Her third ick is people asking for more liquor in their drink after they’ve already watched her make and serve it—and declining to pay for an extra shot. “And nine times out of 10, these are the people who don’t tip,” she says.
Jackie’s fourth ick: people who spill their own drink and then expect the bartender to give them another for free. If you expect something for free, she explains, you’re going to get nothing for free.
One commenter wrote about the less-than-chivalrous first ick: “I would pay and happily take both drinks.”
“Or when they watch you [pour] the drink and when you’re handing it to them they ask if you put liquor in it?????” another commenter wrote. Jackie replied, “Every time. Like I know you just watched.”
“How about opening and closing the tab on every round?” a comment read.
“I sometimes tap my card…to the beat of the music… hahah patiently waiting,” a viewer chimed in, and Jackie replied, “We can alwaysssss tell the difference lol, trust me.”
“The tap makes me wanna fight,” another person commented.
“When they ask you for extra liquor … so annoying!” a comment read.
In an interview via Instagram direct message, Jackie told the Daily Dot, “I think the content resonates because these are the similar experiences that most bartenders witness throughout the night. And most customers know bar/nightclub etiquette so they don’t do these little ‘icks’ and laugh when they witness other patrons doing these things.”
*First Published: Aug 23, 2023, 12:48 am CDT
Eric Webb is a native Texan and national award-winning pop culture critic, arts & entertainment journalist, and editor.