Bar Etiquette: Would you speak up to BE served?

Imagine the scene. It’s late evening, you, and several others are jostling shoulder to shoulder at the busy bar. You know that the staff member is overworked and struggling to keep track of which person is next.

The man next to you shouts and points to himself (even though you know for sure he’s only just arrived) …do you speak up? Or do you quietly shrink back into the scrum and wait for your turn to be served?

We’ve all been there at one time or another and it’s never a fun situation. YouGov recently published their findings on the matter of British pub etiquette and the results are quite interesting.

The data reveals that when faced with a barperson who’s not kept track of whose next in line, Brits are keen to ensure fairness for others in the queue but noticeably less so for themselves.

In fact, if a person found themselves inadvertently jumping the queue (because the barperson had assumed they were next and asked them what they want), an overwhelming 91% responded by saying they would speak up and answer that someone else was next.

However, should the situation be reversed (with a barperson asking to serve someone who had been there for less time than them) only 44% of Brits said they would speak up while just over half (51%) would keep quiet and wait for the staff to get around to them.

Reportedly, the divide is down to age with younger Brits being less likely to speak up for themselves than their elders. While just 11% of 18-24 year olds would tell the bar staff that they’ve been there longer, this rises to 61% among those aged 65 or older.

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