A pint please! (In a dirty glass)

Oxford, England
September 8, 2008 9:29am CST
Why is it that you just cannot seem to find a pub which gives you a clean glass anymore? Nearly everywhere you go, they use a glass-washing machine, which leaves a heat treated crustation of lip grease around the top rim of the glass - which you likely paid about £3 for the priveledge of drinking from. I find this utterly disgusting. Yet, as with the rest of british trading, the people who serve you couldn't give a toss. "Just give us your money, shut up, then sod-off!" is what 'Rip-Off-Britain' is all about nowadays. I wonder ... is it like this in other countries?
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• United States
8 Sep 08
Well, I do not go to Pubs. I do go to restaurants. But, if we get a dirty glass here int he United States of America, we do have the right to ask for a clean glass. I feel that it is just a common respect and if you want to me to come back. I'd better get a clean glass.
• Oxford, England
8 Sep 08
Thanks Louise, It's a pitty you can't drum that into the greedy minds of some of our pub landlords in England. Although, our vile government have a lot to answer for as well - but that's another subject.
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@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I hate dishwashers for this very reason. They leave food on the dishes, and then bake it on there during the drying cycle. I would much rather wash them by hand. The bar I used to work in was small. We didn't have a dishwasher. We washed all our mugs by hand. It isn't hard to keep up with them if you don't let them pile up. It was a never-ending part of the job, but wasn't really that bad if you stayed on top of them.
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• Oxford, England
8 Sep 08
Yes, I used to live in a pub, and we always did our glasses by hand - it's the only way to be thourough and sure. Hard work, but well worth it. Thanks for comment.
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• United States
8 Sep 08
I haven't noticed this, in the U.S. If there is something wrong then they fix it. I would recommend going to the nicer ones if not. Personally I like to drink at home with friends. I think bars are a little nasty in general.
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• Oxford, England
8 Sep 08
Why am I not surprised by a US comment! The United States seem to have a far better work ethic than rip-off-britain. Americans just seem to care about their customers. Thanks for the comment.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I haven't had this happen very often here in the U.S. When it does happen though, I'll ask the waiter/waitress for a clean glass and point out the lipstick or whatever. I've never had them refuse to replace it if it's pointed out to them nicely. If they gave me a hard time, you can bet I would speak to the manager. I don't wear lipstick at all, so it'd be pretty easy to prove I didn't leave the mark on the glass and that it was dirty to begin with. I think that if enough people would speak up and say something, then the management would have to do something about it. Yuk, I really hate when that happens, they should wipe the lipstick off before it's placed into the dishwasher!
• Oxford, England
8 Sep 08
Thanks JoyfulOne, Unfortunately, In England, they don't give a stuff! Unless of course, you happen to be an immigrant (illegal or otherwise), then, everything will be done to satisfy every whim of oyur desire.
• Oxford, England
8 Sep 08
PS. Please forgive my spelling at the end of my last entry.