The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Seventy
Some pranks are hilarious ways to welcome new staff to your bar – and some go a bit too far.
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In today’s Episode…
Like any industry, the “new guy” behind the bar is often the subject of good-natured pranks. The key is to keep those pranks good-natured, make sure nobody gets hurt, and hopefully make a learning experience out of it!
- Ask the new guy to “empty the hot water out of the coffee maker”
- Ask them to go to another bar to borrow the Keg Splitter
- See if you can get a song stuck in everyone’s head. (This one is my favorite)
- May physically hurt somebody
- Are just plain bad training (Listen in for one great / awful example)
- Are stealing, illegal, or intended to get someone fired or reprimanded
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May I borrow your left handed Corona Lime Remover?
Got one of the new girls to polish the kegs so they didn’t get too cold
When I was a line cook, we would put a little boiling water in a prep bucket and label it “steam” and store it in the walk-in cooler. We would then pull a bunch of old tickets out of the waste basket and hang them on our rail so the new server would think we were really busy. Next, we would send the newbie to retreive the steam we had prepped earlier. It never failed, when she would go into the cooler, she would read the label, open the lid, see the steam come out, close the lid, and carry it out to the line. Now, we all know that warm water will steam in a walk-in but not on a hot line. So when it was brought to us, we would open the lid…. And no steam. Then we would all the new server, “YOU DIDN’T OPEN THIS DID YOU?! YOU LET ALL THE STEAM OUT! Now how am I supposed to make your steamed vegetables for table two?”
It usually played out in laughs by the end of the night… But one time the girl cried. You’ve got to read your audience.
Hahaha that is very well thought out! Hilarious…
I love telling brand new waiters or waitresses to go find the decaffeinated coffee beans for the Sambuca that accompanies a decaf espresso or decaf cappuccino!
I used to tell my new bar backs to go grab the tequila kegs in the back. . . Tequila doesn’t come in kegs you dummy!