He had been skipping out on hundreds of dollars of drinks every week! When he found out he knew he had to do something about it. Content has been edited for clarity.
“For six weeks straight I visited a local bar every Thursday, started a tab, ran up at least a $200 bill. Back when I had my development company, it became a regular thing to take the team out to a local bar once a week. We would start at the bar, then move outside to the patio when the band showed up so we could hear each other over the music. At the end of the night, the girl working the patio would bring us our bill and I would pay it and leave. I never really paid attention to the amounts or how much everyone had.
What I didn’t realize was that the girl on the patio was starting a new tab when we came outside, which was completely separate from the tab at the bar – which was still open. Unbeknownst to me, we were stiffing the bartender and walking out on our tab every week, and only ever paid for the drinks we had outside.
This went on for about six weeks before anyone told me. Of course, by that time we were regulars and everyone who worked there knew us so they laughed it off and refused to accept payment for all of the unpaid bar tabs. I still felt pretty bad about it though, and made sure to tip the bartender the equivalent of what we would have tipped over all those visits.”