Pub Cat is just there to grab your attention.
While I upload 367 photos to OneDrive, here’s 2 issues I’d appreciate some thoughts on.
Firstly, forming queues in Wetherspoons. What’s so bad about it ? The alternative is eight people strung along a bar, and a barman asking desperately;
“Right, who’s next ?”
“Pint of Carling” says the bloke who just got there
“But I was first !” says the lady with the complicated food order
“She was first, actually” say I, acting as peacekeeper/troublemaker simultaneously
If you don’t think that happens, join me at St Neots tomorrow lunchtime.
Of course, this inability to know who’s next is due to a long bar, understaffing, and customers shuffling along the bar; I rarely see the problem elsewhere.
Once I’m at the bar in Spoons, I tend to pay by Contactless. This is because I want to speed up the transaction and avoid the need for staff to get change. I get a bit fed up when staff stick their palm out toward me at the same as saying “£4.29” or whatever, as counting out coins takes precious seconds. So I figure Contactless is doing them a favour.
Outside Spoons, I’d pay in coins, though on occasions when they’ve had to change a note I’ve had the odd whinge that made me wish I’d paid by card.
Tom Irvin will say, perhaps rightly, say you should always calculate the required sum in your head and have the correct change ready in your hand. That’s harder when you have meal deals on your porridge, “go larges” and CAMRA vouchers to factor in.
From only ever using cash, I now go Contactless for most purchases in supermarkets, restaurants, railway stations etc.
But today, in an (anonymous) brewery shop, after I’d paid for a bottle of beer (£2.58) by Contactless, rather than give him a twenty to change.
“That just cost us 15p you know, that transaction“.
It was said after I’d paid, to let me know he was a bit grumpy about it. I was a surprised the fee was that high (6%); frankly if I’d known beforehand I’d have given him the cash.
I’m sympathetic to tight margins in the industry, though frankly I’ve spent about £30 in their pubs in the last week, so they’ve probably had that 15p back off me.
All views welcome.
NB While I think about it, I now use contactless for all my double espressos in McDonalds on those terminals that save queueing, but presumably cost Ronald 6p on every coffee.