There is a pretty high profile Detroit professional athlete who is enjoying himself at bars and restaurants and often does not play his tab. And one of his bills was as high as $400.
He did not pay the tab. He did not leave a tip. He just walked out.
His reason? He is a high profile Detroit professional athlete and the establishments should just be happy he came in and created a stir. I’ve heard this from a couple of bar owners and do not want to give out his name just in case. But it is not right. I do not care how much stir you create, you should pay your tab unless the bar manager or owner says the bill is on the house.
People put a lot of money into establishments and times are tough for even some of the bigger places. Chances are the athlete is in better shape than the bar owners.
It is an act of arrogance to pull something like this. You know the bar owner does not want to call the police. He does not want to create a scene because the other pro athletes will boycott the place if one of their boys makes newspaper headlines there.
It is not right.
There are places who comp me. I will admit that. They don’t do it all the time but they think I am a big enough deal to pull the tab on me. But I always offer to pay and I tell them that is OK. I can pull my share. I leave a bigger than usual tip for the wait staff and I appreciate the hospitality. However, I would never assume somebody is going to pay my way.
Who the hell am I?
I don’t even like cutting in line. But there is a place in Royal Oak where the bouncer said he’d get in trouble with his owner if he saw me waiting in line to get in. He explained his situation so I roll up to him every time I go there and there is a line.
It probably ticks off people who have to wait but that is one of the perks of being a twinklet in this town.
But rolling out on a tab? That is unacceptable.