"No, he's fine. He's with me."
"Listen hun, I'm trying to close down the bar. I can't have extra people sitting around in here."
"Well, he's with me then, that ok?"
"Well, if he's with you then I'm gonna have to ask you to leave too. Sorry."
"What!? I always stick around!"
Some people get to stick around after hours. Yea, they're not supposed to technically but there are always little rules that get bent. Usually it's boyfriends, girlfriends, roommates or some kind of good friend. Some times it's people who work in the industry at a different bar or restaurant. Most of these people know the rules. You don't cause problems. You don't get loud. You just hang out while it's quiet, talk with friends and enjoy a drink or two.
It's never people who aren't good friends of an employee or the bar.
"I don't know who this guy is. He can leave."
"Are you serious? He's a friend of mine."
"And who's his friend that works here? I don't know him so he has to go. Plain and simple."
"Then how come I always get to stay?"
"Your fuckin Casper aren't ya?"
The expression on her face was worth it. Not only did I bust her out in front of some guy but she actually didn't know that everyone there knew about her and Casper.
"Wha.. what did you say?"
"Listen, everyone that hangs out, hangs out for a reason. It's not a right. Boyfriends wait for girlfriends and hook ups wait for hook ups. Not friends of hook ups. They don't count."
Then the guy decided to pipe in. "Hey man, I can pay for my drinks."
"Hey man, you want to do me a favor? Just leave. There's no paying for drinks now, the bar's closed. Bye."
So the guy shrugs his shoulders and tells the girl that he's taking off. A few minutes later her phone rings. She talks a little bit, hangs up, says her good byes to everyone and leaves. I step outside to make sure she gets into a cab and see Casper pull up. He steps out of his car and motions her over. She starts walking across the street and Casper gives me a thumbs up. I guess I made a point that he wanted her to know.
Casper's a dick but he did say one thing once that made sense. If you have something they want they'll never leave you. I guess being able to hang out late night at a bar is enough for some.
Sad to think that's all it takes for some people.