In response to a number of emails and comments indicating that I'm a dick or a jerk (I am), I thought I'd clarify my position on my last post, as if I need to explain myself (and I don't).
1) Guy was holding money in his hand as if he was wanting to purchase a drink. Not get a water, which is universally free everywhere. I don't charge money for or expect tips for water or coke or sprite or any other non-alcoholic beverage we serve. People are often surprised by this and I often refuse tips when informing them of this.
2) As I took his order, not as I returned with it, he put his money in his pocket that he was obviously holding in his hand on the bar in order to get my attention.
3) Yes, as in many other bars downtown, we have a "self serve" water cooler. As I've outlined before, drunk people can only see about 3 feet in any one direction at any one time, so the odds of them discovering this self serve goodie is extremely low. I could have been a dick and told him to get it on his own, but I didn't. I made him his damn water for free without expecting anything in return.
My gripe in this matter was the fact he obviously misled me without any intention of purchasing anything in order to get his free beverage more quickly.
If you've worked in the industry and can't understand why that would rub me the wrong way, then you're an idiot. At the end of the day, it's how much money you're walking out with in your pocket. That's the only thing that matters. If you're not in the industry and you can't understand why that rubs me the wrong way, then I don't give a fuck.
And there you have it.