To think that if you are going to charge a pound for a mug of hot water, you should make it clear?

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pussycatwillum Wed 17-Jul-13 09:50:15

Yesterday I went out for lunch with a group of old ladies. One of them only ever drinks hot water. The waitress provided this for her. We then had lunch and asked for the bill.
The mug of hot water was charged at one pound.
The lady concerned was a) not happy to be asked to pay so much, although she did concede that she would have happily paid 50p as presumably they do have overheads to pay.
b) cross that nowhere on the menu was it mentioned and the waitress did not say 'There will be a charge of a pound for that, madam' which would have given her the chance to say no.
So was she being unreasonable?
It was at a place I have been to lots of times and when I mentioned that she wasn't happy the waitress immediately deducted the charge, but I think this was to avoid a scene.
Is it reasonable to charge for hot water, and is one pound a reasonable amount?

grin

Probably a bit late to say this, MmeDefarge, but I suspect most of us would have applauded if you had gone and thrown up ON the antisocial skunk smoker - myself included. We can disagree on hot water/teabag provision, but there is nothing I hate more than the smell of someone else's smoke in my space.

pussycatwillum Fri 19-Jul-13 09:38:12

wonder if the real reason for the riots was actually anger at being charged for hot water???!!! grin

I think we're done with the hot water discussion now, but I was a bit surprised to see that this thread has evolved into a discussion about the joys of Islington confused

it is great, I do miss it.
Sleep well.

Wallison Thu 18-Jul-13 23:21:57

Yes, people didn't travel to riot, did they? I think that was the worst aspect of them; it was directed at people around them, people who owned shops and other businesses in the same place as they lived.

Anyway, I'm pooped now so must go up to bed. I often think with fondness of that and other bar jobs though - I would be a barmaid again in a heartbeat if it paid better and I could get the childcare to cover it - I wouldn't even mind working unsocial hours, because it's such a sociable job.

well,i think they were going to do the bookies next, so maybe they would have been flush with some winnings...

Yeah. It was. One of the reasons I gave up the business. I couldn't face that again. Horrible thing is, you know they are your neighbours, and possibly even customers.

wonder if the real reason for the riots was actually anger at being charged for hot water???!!! hm.

Wallison Thu 18-Jul-13 23:09:07

You could have thrown hot water at them. You'd have to have charged them for it though. Then things would have got tricky.

In all seriousness, sorry to hear you got caught up in the riots. That must have been pretty damn scary.

I had already sent ds to his dad's but it was pretty hairy. I couldn't possibly have defended it by myself. Unless I threw poncy tea bags at 'em!

yeah, we all looked out for each other round my way when doing the cafe. When the riots occurred all the Turkish boys at the all night supermarket stepped up when they were about to start on the cafe.

Wallison Thu 18-Jul-13 22:43:42

Always good to have a decent takeaway nearby, I find. We used to get discounts at the ones close to the bar as well - shit, I even used to get my hair cut cheap at a nearby salon, because the bar manager looked after their staff when they came in; lots of reciprocal things going on. It was a handy little job in that bar as it goes, all things considered.

Happy days!

Pretty hard to have a good time on the Essex Road! Though living by the Chinese Takeaway and opposite the Indian was great. The nightbus stopping outside my window not so great.

I mean the Garage.

Had some good nights there myself...!

I was on the Essex Road for a few years.

Ooh, right by St Peter's Street? loved that road. went to some great parties there. back in the 90s!

Itsaboatjack Thu 18-Jul-13 22:31:22

Used to go to the Kings Head a bit. I think it was Cuba Libra where I got glass in a meal once. Already had dc though when we moved there (thought it would be a nice area to move too) so didn't do much clubbing.

Was gutted when they moved the farmers market though, it was right on my doorstep when we first moved there.

someone is smoking skunk nearby and its filling my living room.I'm on the sixth floor fgs!

I hate the smell of it. It does actually make me throw up. gah.

Wallison Thu 18-Jul-13 22:29:23

Yes, Highbury Corner, that's the one. Sticky floor ahoy and full of people just wanting to carry on drinking, but after a shift behind the bar it was friendly enough and like I say free - nice to unwind a bit and nobody gave a shit what you got up to. Kings Head was good as well, I agree.

Ah honest, I thought there was also an A3 provision too...if you provide hot food to eat sitting down you must offer access to tap water.

Oh god the licensing objectives. How shall I support the licensing objectives? Is my personal license still valid?

Oh, and the Kings Head was great too...

I lived there for quite a few years!

what is was that tacky club just dow from the post office?

Up by Highbury Corner?

honestpointofview Thu 18-Jul-13 22:23:19

Just to be clear not all premises have to provide free tap water. Under the licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) Order 2010 only licensed premises (ie to sell alcohol) and those with a club premises certificate have to "Ensure that customers have access to free tap water so that they can space out their drinks and not get too intoxicated too quickly."

nono, I mean cuba libra...god I am getting old.

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