Over New Years this normally free club instituted a cover charge....$10 at the start of the evening, then $20, and then all the way up to $40. The explanation for this was that it was because there were a lot of tourists in town who don't tip or buy at the bar, and it ensures that the bar makes its money. When we arrived we were somewhat taken aback at being told that we, who are there several nights a week either working or buying or both, and who do tip and do buy from the bar, were being told we had to pay a total of $50 to get in. The band and staff were also horrified, and literally took us in hand and pulled us past the wristband boy, telling him "they're regulars and she works here! why are you charging them?"
The following night there was still a cover, and I was there to take photos, and this time the owner said that she didnt care if i was there to work, or if i spent $600 a night in there, i still had to pay the cover.
She didn't care that i was doing photos for her marquee, or that i was providing promotion for her, or that i was working for the band. pay up or get out.
i was highly insulted. HIGHLY insulted that a cover put in place to net money from the tourists would also apply to people who work there and also spend there on a regular basis.
do they suck? or do i just have unrealistic and unfair expectations?