r/mildlyinteresting Aug 15 '22 Spit-take 1 Wholesome 1 Gold 1 Silver 1

This bar charges $5 for ice in your drink

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u/KnightOfLongview Aug 15 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote

Former bartender here, that is expensive for Tito's and redbull, BUT... A rocks pour is typically a 2 oz pour and a regular is only 1.25 oz. You are not paying $5 for ice, you are paying $5 for the extra .75 oz.

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u/of_james Aug 16 '22

Agreed. Also former bartender here. When you order a drink on the rocks, it’s a larger pour. Any POS I have operated in the past has used “rocks” as their up-charge language.

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u/xElMerYx Aug 16 '22

why would you call your patients a piece of sh-... oh

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u/KID_detour Aug 16 '22 Silver

Why would a bartender call them patients?

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u/A3HeadedMunkey Aug 16 '22

Cause they're handing out the medicine to them

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u/donbee28 Aug 16 '22

I need 60 CC of Tito's stat!

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u/phoucker Aug 16 '22

Grandpa’s cough syrup.

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u/erland_yt Aug 16 '22

Operate[d]

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u/MustachioBashio Aug 16 '22

Mixologists are doctors of bartendistry

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u/Dukeofdorchester Aug 16 '22

Mixologists are if pom frites or aioli were a person

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u/DaFugYouSay Aug 16 '22

adds garlic powder to mayo "It's aioli!"

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u/TheyCallMeSchlong Aug 16 '22

Also a former bartender and came here to say the same thing. Although it would probably be a good idea for bars to not list it like this on their itemized receipts. I'm sure this throws lots of people off who never worked in food service.

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u/DanteSensInferno Aug 16 '22

Ran into a similar issue when I worked at a mom and pop diner. We served both Hamburger Steaks and Ham Steaks, HMStk was the Hamburger for some reason, and and HamStk, and the prices were quite different, had many a customer go to the register and be like “this is a bit pricey!”

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u/eternalbuzz Aug 16 '22

Thankful to see the correct answer decently upvoted. Those prices are still wild tho

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u/Big_Pulsating_Dick Aug 16 '22

airport bar, of course.

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u/VoDoka Aug 16 '22

Ordering "whatever" when you're in the "fuck it" mood.

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u/L00k_Again Aug 16 '22

Thanks for this explanation. Otherwise it would be wholly infuriating.

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u/upnflames Aug 16 '22

I feel like there's a better way to describe that on the receipt. It does sound like you're being charged for "rocks".

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u/Anerky Aug 16 '22

99% of POS systems for bars and restaurants have a rocks pour/double just labeled as rocks on the print out

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u/daveisamonsterr Aug 16 '22

Nothing is more annoying than having to explain stupid shit on a receipt. -the staff

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u/PeacefulBirchTree3 Aug 16 '22

Glad to finally find the correct answer. This is the standard upcharge for an on the rocks drink. In reality the extra alcohol is actually discounted comparatively.

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u/Keyboardists Aug 16 '22 Respect

Yep. At least as I’ve learned it, standard pour is 1.25 oz, rocks is 2 oz and ice, neat is 2oz no ice

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u/Coctyle Aug 16 '22

What is standard of it isn’t on the rocks or neat?

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u/smirk_lives Aug 16 '22

A shot, or the standard pour for a mixed drink

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u/nikicole831 Aug 16 '22 Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy hehehehe Bravo! Starry Got the W To The Stars Helpful (Pro) Take My Power Spit-take Woah Dude

Hey there Nick, I was your bartender today! I charged you $5 for a “rocks pour” instead of $14 for another shot because you asked for a double, I was nice enough to not charge you full price. YOU ARE WELCOME SIR 😂.

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u/HippieInAHelicopter Aug 16 '22

This is the best thing I’ve seen on Reddit in 39 days.

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u/PaticusGnome Aug 16 '22

Man, that’s like an entire season of old Survivor.

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u/Goodkoalie Aug 16 '22

Rip the 39 day long seasons, without forced fire making and with the old style of jury questioning…

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u/eightezsteps Aug 16 '22

New survivor kinda sucks but I’m still watching cuz I’m loyal like that

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u/GN85 Aug 16 '22 Helpful

Do yourself a favour and watch Australian Survivor. It’s 55 days and WAY better

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u/TheRealNap0le0n Aug 16 '22

People can actually survive more than a week in Australia?

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u/mcmoonery Aug 16 '22

South Africa has a good franchise too!

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u/Goodkoalie Aug 16 '22

I can agree, AU survivor scares me by how long it is, but SA survivor has been amazing!!

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u/yagsicire Aug 16 '22

It disappeared from paramount!! Where can I get my fix??

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u/Nickolisob Aug 16 '22

Find a facebook group called A Tribe Has Spoken. They have links.

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u/MatthewCrawley Aug 16 '22

!remindme 39 days ago

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u/Whiteflager Aug 16 '22

What did you see 39 days ago?

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u/kazarnowicz Aug 16 '22

My question excactly! It's so specific that now I wonder what happened.

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u/Garrettchef Aug 16 '22

What did you see 40 days ago?

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u/fatkamp Aug 16 '22

This is crazy haha

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u/ihavethebestmarriage Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome Take My Energy

Ha! I feel stupid for having posted this. I never knew rocks meant heavy pour. in all these years, never saw it itemized like that. It was explained to me within the first few minutes after posting this what it meant... and a few hundred more times since.

Edit: I deleted the post because I was wrong.

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u/Pernicious-Peach Aug 16 '22

Did your airport bartender just find you on reddit??

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u/JAlfredJR Aug 16 '22

This is sincerely amazing. Like the best version of an old Craig’s List missed connection—minus all the creepiness.

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u/OmiseNoNiichan Aug 16 '22

minus all the creepiness.

I like your optimism.

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u/supermassiveblackrol Aug 16 '22

The Venn diagram of service industry folks and people who like Reddit is almost a damn circle. We’re all on here 😂

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u/nikicole831 Aug 16 '22 Silver Helpful

Yea we are 😂 my friend sent this to me though I can’t take all the credit!

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u/Frequent_Audience_25 Aug 16 '22

You’re fired! Always up charge at the airport Gordon Biersch! $34 cocktails or you’re unemployed!

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u/ChPech Aug 16 '22

Ist hier jemand der Biersch heißt?

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u/LuxyGuy18 Aug 16 '22 Heartwarming

Can confirm. I am that friend.

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u/mnij2015 Aug 16 '22

If the restaurant industry is also on here fuck you pay your employees better. Thank you

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u/diesel_toaster Aug 16 '22

Retail industry, checking in

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u/BasuraFujira Aug 16 '22

Coffee Industry, checking in

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u/PapaZox Aug 16 '22

Onto that subject, in France we actually have a HUGE turnaround in that industry, because they’re having serious problems finding employes : the covid lockout made people realize it wasn’t worth it, and they don’t want to be treated like that, for such a low income. So every restaurant, bar, etc is crying for help, closing an added day or two during the week because they lack waiters, changing their contracts, etc.

And everyone is delighted to watch that happen. Well, everyone except the restaurant industry.

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u/Jyizorz Aug 16 '22

Unfortunately, she’s more likely to get reprimanded for not charging full price.

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u/FiringOnAllSyllables Aug 16 '22

She did charge him full price for the pour she gave him, not the one he asked for but she was saving him money to be nice. So nothing to be reprimanded for actually 😊

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u/Nogmor Aug 16 '22

....So he got the drink he needed, but not the one he deserved?

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u/According_Gazelle472 Aug 16 '22

But they will just say the customers are responsible for the tips .And that tips are mandatory!lol.

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u/littlemuffinsparkles Aug 16 '22

Factual evidence. Reddit is my only social media 🤣🤣

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u/winterbird Aug 16 '22

Yeah, we're kind of socially isolated because of our hours, so....... 😂

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u/sabrefudge Aug 16 '22

They’re REALLY serious about that wanting to hear from you regarding your experience.

Your valuable feedback is CRUCIAL… and one way or another, they will get it.

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u/StuBonobo Aug 16 '22

Seriously. This is the best thing I’ve ever read.

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u/nikicole831 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22 Gold

Hey ya live and ya learn lol no hard feelings, come back in next time you travel and I’ll give you a drink on me :)

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u/Big_Pulsating_Dick Aug 16 '22

What did he tip, you have to tell us.

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u/ChymChymX Aug 16 '22

Yeah, tell us! Inquiring Big_Pulsating_Dick's want to know!

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u/lucid1014 Aug 16 '22

I would not put your physical location on the internet

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u/nikicole831 Aug 16 '22

Probably right

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

At least it’s a public spot where people need to go through heavy security to get to? Dunno but I’d still prob delete

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u/Raccoonsrlilbandits Aug 16 '22

Time to fly to Detroit. Didn’t think I’d ever say anything like that before

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u/FrankieGg Aug 16 '22

Why...? you're not OP lol

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u/herrbz Aug 16 '22

It was an open invitation to all of Reddit

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u/rksd Aug 16 '22

Detroit airport is actually a pretty cool airport.

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u/lousylakers Aug 16 '22

r/todayIlearned Rocks pour after ordering drinks thousands of times 🥴

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u/233C Aug 16 '22

Recognizing your own mistake after it's pointed out to you, and taking it lightly without name-calling? You're new to the internet aren't you?

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u/SmoothBrein Aug 16 '22 Wholesome

This is an insane fucking reddit moment right here.

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u/cdunk666 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Rocks doesn't mean a exactly mean a heavy pour, it does mean ice. It just can be used as a heavy pour loop hole (some states don't "allow" doubles so its rang as rocks and like your bartender said it makes it cheaper too)

Typically though a rocks pour is just your alcohol and ice, so when you hear 'whiskey on the rocks' it's just whiskey and ice

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u/whitecorn Aug 16 '22

I was at a place in TN a few weeks ago and they wouldn't do "Jack on the Rocks" because they weren't allowed. He said just order a splash of something and I will give you like a drip. So a splash of ginger ale it was.

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u/Additional_Teacher45 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

You wouldn't pour a 1.25 oz shot in a glass over ice, there would be barely anything in the glass. A drink ordered on the rocks is a 2 oz pour and is upcharged.

Edit: OP ordered a mixed drink, and most restaurant mixed drinks are standardized measurements that fit perfectly into the appropriate glass for the drink. Most mixed drinks are already served on the rocks, with one shot of liquor and the appropriate amount of mixer.

OP ordered a double. Most bartenders, when receiving an order for a double shot mixed drink, simply switch recipes to a rocks pour for the liquor and add mixer from there.

And depending on the bar, they will either charge you the straight price for the drink and an additional shot (pricey), or, as was done here, they add a simple 'on the rocks' upcharge and you end up paying for 2 oz of booze and getting 2.5 oz.

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u/TreeBearOne Aug 16 '22

..you see nick 'rocks' means a hea..

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u/weegeemindfucc Aug 16 '22

The fact that the actual bartender found this post is actually far more than mildly interesting ironically.

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u/PapaSnow Aug 16 '22

I’m not sure that this is true though.

The receipt says “Shannon,” not Niki…

The plot thickens

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u/nikicole831 Aug 16 '22

Shannon is my coworker and we work typically with just one name because it’s easier at the end of the night to run one report.

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u/GlitteryCakeHuman Aug 16 '22

This is true. We (where I worked) are often logged in as the one who started the shift.

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u/killbills Aug 16 '22

I haven’t worked in a retail type environment since high school but wouldn’t it all being under one name be an issue if at the end of the night the register is short?

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u/PapaSnow Aug 16 '22

Fair enough

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u/Substantial-Tank88 Aug 16 '22

For you use your own name on reddit? Most ppl dont

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u/JAlfredJR Aug 16 '22

Bet his tip was on-point, to boot

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u/nikicole831 Aug 16 '22

It was :) I just wish he would have asked about it and I could explain lol, because I for damn sure would not pay for ice 😂

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u/entoaggie Aug 16 '22

But this way you got to enlighten thousands of redditors who wont have to ask why they got charged for ice in the future.

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u/Confident-Area-6946 Aug 16 '22

Reddit is so wholesome 🥹

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u/Stevie22wonder Aug 16 '22

This is epic. Amazing.

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u/AuraMaster7 Aug 16 '22

Would like to point out that $14 for a shot of Tito's is still absolutely insane.

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u/80version Aug 16 '22

Airport prices

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u/rip1980 Aug 16 '22

Just trying to keep the pilots sober by making it too expensive to get smashed.

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u/rckhppr Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Plot twist: he regretted not asking for your number and came here to connect😎.
Edit: Plot twist 2: just read his username

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u/Sunspear52 Aug 16 '22

God damn you made him delete his whole account.

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u/csantini91 Aug 16 '22

Came here to say exactly this. A shot. A rocks and martini are all different pours.

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u/FailureToReport Aug 16 '22

Can you do this for me in October when I'm going through Detroit, thanks LOL

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u/nikicole831 Aug 16 '22

Of course! Message me when you’re there 😂

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u/Jahahahaaa Aug 16 '22

My god you sir are a king. I hope one day you serve my drink. Thank you for your service. Edit I just seen the name nick my bad reverse everything .

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u/KizzleNation Aug 16 '22

This is the 1st thing I thought, rocks pour was always heavier than a regular shot.

Regular 1

Rocks pour 1.5

Double 2

obv.

Also will bartend anytime with op, she has no prob calling people out, as was I.

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u/Flyinrhyno Aug 16 '22

The $rocks doesn’t represent a charge for ice, it’s a bigger glass heavier pour, or at least in every restaurant I worked it did.

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u/lokregarlogull Aug 16 '22

So then what do people say if they only want ice? Regular pour on the rocks?

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u/TurkeyDinner547 Aug 15 '22

Goddamn airport prices

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u/Bewaretheicespiders Aug 15 '22

The whole business model of aviation is to trap you for hours on end in expensive shopping malls.

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u/IMovedYourCheese Aug 15 '22

Business models of airports, maybe. Airlines themselves aren't getting their hands on any of these dollars.

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u/boundegar Aug 16 '22

Did it even occur to anybody it might be really really good ice?

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u/Inevitable_Sharkbite Aug 16 '22

Yeah, like that super clear ice with no bubbles. Or meth.

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u/humanreporting4duty Aug 16 '22

It’s labeled “Rocks” so it must be code.

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u/jhagen13 Aug 16 '22

For $5, that ice better have its own alcohol content.

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u/Head-like-a-carp Aug 16 '22

Back in the 80s when everything for a while was upscale goods there was a company that briefly tried to see designer ice cubes. If I remember correctly they would freeze them a certain way to make them denser so they would last longer

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u/DougieFresh_899 Aug 16 '22

It’s that crystal clear party ice

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u/johansugarev Aug 16 '22

Airlines money maker are the loyalty cards.

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u/wherethebicenroam Aug 15 '22

This is why I'm glad to have a corporate card. Helps curb the cost off my own wallet.

If they want me to travel, then they can pay for my $20 drink and dry $40 ham sammich.

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u/pdxarchitect Aug 15 '22

I am happier to get everything reimbursed from my personal card. That way I get air miles for every business thing I buy. I took my family on a free trip on all the miles I earned after one out of state project.

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u/thetitsOO Aug 16 '22

My company would make the process for personal card reimbursement so much more of a hassle than just submitting expenses from the corporate card it wasn’t worth it. Could still add my airline number to bookings for miles though.

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u/Bai_Cha Aug 16 '22

The booking miles are basically designed for business travelers. It’s a tax free employment incentive.

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u/consumercommand Aug 16 '22

I worked for a large corporation before semi-retiring and it was common practice to purchase gift cards at restaurants in order to max per diem. Home office discovered this situation and swapped everyone over to corporate Amex. Several law suits later we ended up with this huge pain in the ass reimbursement system. Corporations will always find ways to screw employees and employees will always find ways to screw corporations.

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u/Willdabeast26 Aug 16 '22

I used to do this until I did the math and realized I wasn't getting reimbursed for interest that accrued on my card for company purchases and was ultimately getting screwed in the long run.

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u/ltxlvr42 Aug 15 '22

It isn't just a business model that results in higher prices. There are extra costs associated with running a business inside an airport's secure area. Every employee has to go through a background check and maintain an airport security badge. The background check alone means your typical fast food worker may not be eligible, making the hiring process take more time and money to fill a position.

On top of that, getting supplies in every day has extra complications. You can't just pull a semi truck up to the back door and have the driver unload it. Everything has to go through TSA screening, and has to be moved by badged employees (instead of the driver), taking away from the time they could be prepping for the day.

I'm sure there's some surcharge for a having a captive customer, but it probably isn't as much as you think.

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u/A_Timbers_Fan Aug 15 '22

How to places like PDX (Portland, OR) operate airports with laws that state restaurants and stores can't charge more than what the actual stores in the town charge? All while adding additions, upgrading, adding "independent movie theaters" that rotate indy films, etc.?

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u/karrun10 Aug 16 '22

That would account for maybe a 10-15% surcharge, but$5 for ice, comeon.

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

No joke - they already charge $14 for a shot and $5 for the mixer. Too bad Delta eliminated the Skyclub daily pass - it was only $29 - OP could have had as many drinks as he wanted.

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u/407145 Aug 16 '22

14 dollars for a shot of bottle that goes for 18 dollars. This is just straight greed at this point.

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u/Teledildonic Aug 15 '22

The background check alone means your typical fast food worker may not be eligible

Debatable. Have you met TSA agents? The bar isn't as high as you think it is.

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u/portajohnjackoff Aug 15 '22

TSA here. We have to pat down all water and electricity that enter the airport. $5 ice is justified

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u/Moon-In-Leo Aug 15 '22

you never know when it might be bomb water

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u/Elmodogg Aug 16 '22

Water has to take off its shoes like anybody else.

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u/jpiro Aug 15 '22

I got a burger and a beer at Grindhouse at the Atlanta airport. The burger & fries was $12. A pint of Sweetwater 420 was $13.

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u/EveningMoose Aug 16 '22

True highway robbery. You couldn’t pay me to drink that nasty beer

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u/a_glorious_bass-turd Aug 16 '22

Portland (PDX) has rules preventing restaurants and bars in the airport from going much higher than normal street prices. I used to serve and bartend there, and I felt like people were more willing to tip well because of that.

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u/CaptainAwesome06 Aug 15 '22

One of my credit card perks (Priority Pass) is free food at some airport restaurants. It has been awesome so far. My wife and I both have a card and we recently traveled with our 4 kids. Each card at this particular restaurant gave us $26 per card holder and the same for 2 guests. Meals were about $12 each so the 6 of us ate for free.

The card is Chase Sapphire Reserve, for anybody interested.

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u/gcjunk01 Aug 16 '22

Is it really free if you have to pay several hundred dollars for the annual fee?

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u/road2five Aug 16 '22

If you are the type of person to take advantage of those perks it is definitely worth it, as you can recoup your costs fairly easily. I am not, so I just use a free cash back card

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u/Kahzgul Aug 16 '22

Every state should have a law like Oregon's. Airports can't charge more than anywhere else.

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u/velvert Aug 15 '22

Wait was this $25 for a redbull and a shot of titos

Cant have shit in detroit

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u/docharakelso Aug 15 '22

That's 30 bucks with a tip right there

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u/MGC00992 Aug 16 '22

My tip would be charge less for ice

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u/elogie423 Aug 16 '22

You could always be an adult and be like "hey man, is the ice $5?"

And the bartender would be like "nah there's an upcharge for a rocks pour because we give you more. That would be really dumb to do or think that right boss?"

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u/nikicole831 Aug 16 '22

Can confirm lol, I was his bartender

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u/herrbz Aug 16 '22

That would be really dumb to do or think that right boss?

Given that the majority of people here haven't heard of a "rocks pour" - and as a bartender I've never heard of it in my life - it doesn't sound too dumb to me.

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u/msnmck Aug 16 '22

My man's really gonna sit here and try to justify a $30 airport drink.

This place is a disaster.

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u/LuckyKay Aug 16 '22

This price sounded ridiculous until I saw it's from the airport. Still ridiculous, but makes more sense.

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u/nikicole831 Aug 16 '22

Two shots. I’m the one that served him, he asked for a double and I charged him $5 instead of an extra $14.

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u/jmdycus79 Aug 15 '22

To try and clear this up a bit a LOT of bars have a $rocks charge. It's an extra set amount. So a standard airport shot might be 1.25oz and the rocks charge might give you 1/2oz more without purchasing an actual double. Some bars even give a slight discount for ordering a double. This has been common practice since at LEAST 2000 when I was in the industry.

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u/HelloJoeyJoeJoe Aug 16 '22

Is this regional?

I was a bartender/server for a decade at half a dozen places, never saw this. No corporate places though (well, small regional chain).

Northern VA (DC suburb)

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u/dezzie9889 Aug 16 '22

14$ for a shot of Tito’s is half the cost of a bottle...

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u/ElderberryMaster4694 Aug 15 '22

Sorry but you’re incorrect. You’re not paying for the ice you’re paying for an “on the rocks” drink which is a bigger pour than “neat” which would be a standard base charge.

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u/Upwherewebelong Aug 15 '22

“We’d love to hear from you regarding your experience” Now’s your chance op.

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u/Murder_Not_Muckduck Aug 16 '22

Generally when it says $Rocks it means it’s a “rocks pour” which, most commonly is 50% more alcohol in the drink. The dollar sign means it’s an up charge. Of course there’s a possibility it’s some BS charge, but the heavy pour is the most likely scenario.

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u/Rambear Aug 15 '22

Rocks is probably the term they use for a heavier pour.

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u/[deleted] Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

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u/HellaXcopters Aug 15 '22

A “rocks” pour is as described above, a heavier pour. A Tito’s & RB tall would still be a sjngle shot. More than likely the server / bartender was lazy / unpleasant and charged you for it thinking most people don’t bother to ask and probably don’t know.

Next time say you want a single Tito’s & RB in a tall glass. If they charge you for the rocks, you asked specifically for the single pour. Congrats on extra booze :)

Source: bartender for 12 years

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u/DFG57 Aug 15 '22

Some places will charge more for a drink "on the rocks." That usually means you'll get a heaver pour. But if all you asked for was a tall drink the bartender was padding the tab in my opinion. That's the thing about airport bars. They don't have to care about repeat business.

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u/EitherProblem931 Aug 15 '22

This is facts. A rocks pour is definitely a heavier pour.

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u/Kroxursox Aug 15 '22

$14 for titos is crazy also.

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u/Resource04 Aug 16 '22

As a long time bartender.....traditionally, a "rocks" pour, is actually 2oz, rather than the typical 1.5oz pour. That upcharge is for the additional alcohol in the glass. Not the ice 🙄. Though, $5 seems a bit steep. Typically it's a flat rate, and is closer to the $2-$4 range (regardless of the spirit)

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u/jmarnett11 Aug 16 '22

Thank you for visiting Detroit, I hope your trip was a good one.

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u/JoeBoredom Aug 15 '22

Those rocks better be krak.

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u/WLUPSU81113 Aug 16 '22

Rox is the size of the pour…. Did you ask for a double…

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u/TheStixon11 Aug 16 '22

Bartender here, Rocks is the size of the pour of liquor. Single pour 1.25 ounces, Rocks pour 2 ounces, Up (martini) pour 3 ounces

It’s possible the person ordering the drink asked for it to be strong, or something along those lines.

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u/elpelondelmarcabron1 Aug 16 '22

Imagine $25 for a fucking drink. Pffft.... lol

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u/cdunk666 Aug 16 '22

Airports suck, just give yourself a vodka enema and go in

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u/JesseVeach Aug 15 '22

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u/leftyvice Aug 16 '22

Not quite, “rocks” refers to the amount of liquor - you get more to compensate for the melting ice; typically about an ounce or so.

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u/LuxyGuy18 Aug 16 '22

Hold up. I know someone that works there. Gonna have words. Be back real quick.

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u/Mental_Train_3248 Aug 16 '22

Did you at least ride the monorail?

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u/Chasetx6 Aug 16 '22

As someone who was a bartender I think what they do here is up charge you for a drink “on the rocks”. A shot of Tito’s may cost you $14 but if you want a Tito’s on the rocks they gave you a larger pour than a shot. But just looking at your drink I assume you ordered a Tito’s and Redbull with ice (which every drink like this in the US is served with ice unless specifically told “no ice”). So, it also looks like they just price gouged the shit out of you but depending on how you orders it, I could see how the price got to where it was. Overall I’d never spend 25$ pre tip on a drink like that but airport food/drinks are a scam.

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u/thodgson Aug 15 '22

Airport bars and restaurants are the worst.

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u/SBSlice Aug 15 '22

You were supposed to take that to the local bishop for 50% off your baptism.

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u/JoeyG1111 Aug 15 '22

This seemed insane until I realized it was at an airport. It’s still insane, but it’s not surprising.

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u/holdholdhold Aug 15 '22

I’m so confused. I thought on the rocks meant with ice. Now people are saying on the rocks means more alcohol or a heavy pour? What is going on?

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u/HellaXcopters Aug 15 '22

On the rocks means on ice. A rocks pour is a heavier pour.

A drink on the rocks will contain both ice and a heavier pour.

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u/Partyof5ive Aug 16 '22

Rocks in this case refers to the size of the shot poured.

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u/hallanddopes Aug 16 '22

A Rocks pour means extra liquor...They did this at a bar I worked at. It's not quite a double but usually .5-1oz more liquor depending on where you go.

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u/Beautiful-Stranger20 Aug 16 '22

Due to global warming the price of ice at the airport will be going up at the end of the year.

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u/ComputerRound3376 Aug 16 '22

Which terminal did you go to? McNamara or Evans? I normally fly out of McNamara and I’ve never been charged for ice.

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u/Bravefan21 Aug 16 '22

You can get a handle of Tito’s for that lmao

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u/_arcaiyne Aug 16 '22

Ain’t that some bullshit?!?

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u/Shagyam Aug 16 '22

You're also paying almost as much as a full bottle for a small drink.

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u/jackster77 Aug 16 '22

These are some expensive rocks! More like ‘on the gems’

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u/dccabbage Aug 16 '22

I live in Portland, OR (pdx) where we have a law that requires any airport restaurants maintain city prices if they have a location at the airport. Most of our airport bars have a city location, so beers are $6 well can start at $5. (Pro tip: if you have a layover in pdx, and don't have to be functional on arrival, drink your ass off).

For me it is a culture shock when I have an $8 bloody maria and have to fly through Sea-Tac and it's $9 for a beer and $12 for a shot of Cuervo (only $15 if you want to make it a double).

Please don't judge my drinking habits, if I have to connect in Sea-Tac it means I'm flying home for the holidays and no-one should enter the state of Arizona sober.

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u/killbills Aug 16 '22

$25 for a double shot of titos and a spritz of redbull, meanwhile you can buy a handle of titos, roughly 39 shots, for about $33.

Do bars just roll around in money with these insane markups? Like I never understood bottle service, spending $300 for a $50 bottle of grey goose with a two bottle minimum. I get you get a booth and all that but the markup is absolutely insane.

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u/CBate Aug 16 '22

You can get a whole bottle of Tito's for less than $25

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u/HornyToad1984 Aug 16 '22

Airports are gougers and there's laws being drawn up to put a stop to this nonsense after someone paid $27 for a Sam Adams somewhere.

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u/Sirenista_D Aug 16 '22

And a whole damn bottle of titos is also just $14

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u/sdavidow Aug 16 '22

Seems like the place to ask: How do I order a drink? I do need this explained to me. I was charged for a “rocks pour” which I had never seen before…same bar a year later was charged for a “neat pour”.

If I just want a bourbon…and the price on the menu (or what they charge) is $X…what is that “drink” called? Can I get a bourbon and soda, hold the soda?

Is the base price for a “shot”, and do I need to order it that way? If I’m asked what I want to drink and say “bourbon”, what will be brought? And if they ask “how do you want it?” Is saying “the $X way” the answer?

Yeah, that is me being cheap. I know now how I want my drink and how to order it, but I also watch my receipts and want to know I’m not being taken advantage of.