A lot of you guys know I have been tending bar for quite a few years. While I have decided to not go back to tending once the bar is allowed to open, I got to hear all sorts of absurd comments regarding racism from various customers. Here are a few of the more memorable ones. A Negroni is a drink made with equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, garnished with an orange peel. One night the bartender I worked with, as woke a progressive snowflake as ever existed, was asked to make one. She exploded, called the customer a racist(she is white, by the way) and demanded I throw him out. The guy is a regular, a good tipper, a really good guy, and we never, ever had a problem with him. When I asked him for his side of the story he told me he didn't know what her problem was, all he did was ask for a Negroni. I pulled Little Miss Snowflake aside and tried to explain to her what a Negroni was. She wanted no part of it, and said she would never serve anyone who would order a drink that sounded like the "N" word. I sent her home and she was let go the next day. Did you guys know that drinking bourbon is affirming racism? Neither did I, till one night when several "woke" customers demanded I remove all bourbon from the shelf or they would leave. It seems that because bourbon was first made when slavery was legal in the US, and comes from Kentucky, anyone who drinks it is supporting racism, and any bar that carries it is doing the same. For those who might wonder what happened, they left. Rum, same as bourbon. Rum was distilled in the West Indies, and was first made with sugar cane cut by slaves. That moron left the bar, too. Jameson Whiskey. Back when Henry Morton Stanley was running amok in Africa, one of the heirs to the Jameson Distillery joined him on an expedition. In about as insanely barbaric an act of cruelty as I ever heard of, James Jameson bought a young slave girl and gave her to a group of cannibals so he could watch how they would kill, cook and eat her. He sketched the whole, sickening process. I have had more than one customer over the years not only refuse to drink Jameson, but demand that the bar not carry it. It is, by the way, one of our biggest sellers. Bulleit Bourbon. The daughter of the founder of the company was let go after 20 years. She claims she was let go because she was a lesbian. That really didn't seem to be a problem for 2 decades, but if she said it, it must be true and never, ever, questioned. I had a young woman I was training who, when she saw a bottle of Bulleit on the rack, say she would never work for a place that carried homophobic liquor and walked out. As one may guess the accusations have been denied by both the company and her father, but with an accusation like that, denials mean nothing, guilt is automatic. There are more, which I may bore you all with in the near future.