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23 February 2014
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INTROVERTS UNITE! Separately....in your own homes!                  *** Make Love, Not Wardrobes!                 *** "Stop throwing jelly beans at me"- George Harrison
24 February 2014
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I went to go see my grandfather in the hospital (he's fine, he was just sick, nothing threatening) and an instrumental version of Free As A Bird was playing in the lobby. 

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27 February 2014
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More organizing in the home today, with the help of a friend. We listened to the Beatles catalogue on iTunes from the Please Please Me on, which I hadn't done in months (she's gone, I'm still listening - now on The White Album).

As we were working, she told me "back in the day" she was a cocktail waitress at a nightclub here in LA, and she waited on 3 of the 4 Beatles. And they stiffed her on the bill! Not cool for her one Beatle encounter to be a bad one. She said she remembers that night as being the one she didn't make any money. :-( I asked if it was a pleasant experience up until that point, and she said she was so busy working and taking orders, she didn't have time to take it in.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

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27 February 2014
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parlance said

As we were working, she told me "back in the day" she was a cocktail waitress at a nightclub here in LA, and she waited on 3 of the 4 Beatles. And they stiffed her on the bill! Not cool for her one Beatle encounter to be a bad one. She said she remembers that night as being the one she didn't make any money. :-( I asked if it was a pleasant experience up until that point, and she said she was so busy working and taking orders, she didn't have time to take it in.

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This made me laugh out loud when I read it. I work as a bartender in a major hotel next to Seattle's airport, and our clientele consists of a lot of international travelers. It is my understanding that the custom of tipping is not prevelant in the UK, and some visitors from across the pond therefore do not tip when they are in the United States. Many servers I know consider it a "red flag," as soon as they detect a British accent. That's not how I roll; I always give the best service to everyone that I can, and I don't sweat the occasional "stiff." In my opinion, servers who constantly complain about lousy tippers often don't deserve a  generous gratuity. I've got a few stories about waiting on the rich and famous, but nothing to compare with The Beatles.

Anyway, what I like about this story is that we are left with the mystery of "3 of the 4 Beatles" who stiffed the server. Who were the three? Do we have any clues? Hmm… In the song "Lovely Rita," Paul sings "Got the bill, and Rita paid it…" So now we know that Paul is not too quick to pull out his wallet. ;-)

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Bungalow Bob said

Anyway, what I like about this story is that we are left with the mystery of "3 of the 4 Beatles" who stiffed the server. Who were the three? Do we have any clues? Hmm… In the song "Lovely Rita," Paul sings "Got the bill, and Rita paid it…" So now we know that Paul is not too quick to pull out his wallet. ;-)

Haha, I realized later I should have asked her if by "stiffed" she meant they didn't pay the bill at all or that they didn't tip. And, yes, very curious about which of the 3 were involved. I forgot to mention that she did stress that she was bringing over entire bottles to them, not just drinks, so it's not like they were waiting a long time to get served. :-)

Edit: Your comment reminds me of a group dinner in London where we got horrible service. The argument to tip went right down nationality lines - Brits insisting on not tipping, and Americans wanting to tip very low. I call it "tip guilt." :-D

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

27 February 2014
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fabfouremily said

Just different cultures, I guess.

Yes. I don't want to get too off topic, so I'll just link to a page that I think does a good job explaining the US mentality towards tipping.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

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