Mistaken Identity

Guest Blog Filed by: IoGT Hospitality Manager Mr. Jeremey MacMillan

I may be at the top of my game these days overseeing guest hospitality the IoGT, but things haven’t always been this good. It was a long climb to the top, and I’ve served all manner of clientele in all manner of settings. If I had to name one incident that really stands out in my mind it would be during the summer of 2004, when I was gainfully employed at an establishment known as ‘The White Lion’

One day a very large woman, wearing a sleeveless sun dress, walked in and pushed her way fairly forcefully to the front of the bar.

I remember her raising her right arm, revealing a huge, hairy armpit as she pointed to all the people sitting at the bar and asked, "What man here will buy a lady a drink?"

The bar went silent as the patrons tried to ignore her.

But down at the end of the bar, an owl-eyed drunk slammed his hand down on the counter and bellowed at the top of his voice "Give the ballerina a drink!"

I poured the drink and the woman chugged it down. She turned to the patrons and again pointed around at all of them, revealing the same hairy armpit, and asked, "What man here will buy a lady a drink?"

Once again, the same little drunk slapped his money down on the bar and said, "Give the ballerina another drink!"

I could tell the other patrons were a touch put off by this so I approached the little drunk and said "Tell me, it's your business if you want to buy the lady a drink, but why do you keep calling her a ballerina?" The drunk replied, "Any woman who can lift her leg that high has got to be a ballerina!