Almost anyone who has ever worked in the hospitality industry, from a fast food cashier to a nightclub bartender to the manager of a fine dining restaurant, can tell you a horrible story about vomit.
It’s not like someone intends to throw up all over a table when they leave for the night, but it does happen – especially among the very, very drunk – and someone has to clean up the mess.
With that in mind, a trendy resto-bar in the Yonge and Eglinton area has a formal policy in place warning all patrons that anyone vomiting on the premises will be charged a $ 50 cleaning fee “to ensure l ‘fairness to our fellow staff members’.
Even better? It is only in effect for New Years Eve, which most people would say the worst of any calendar date (tied with March 17) for belligerent and sloppy drunken behavior. “Amateur night”, as people in the industry call it.
“We used to have live music and dancing [before the pandemic], and usually when people are in that kind of atmosphere, when they eat and drink, when they drink too much … they throw up, âsays Karan, co-owner of the Tamasha Indian Resto-Bar, police.
“Even though it’s in the toilet, it’s outside the potty.”
Karan told blogTO on Friday that Tamasha (1835 Yonge St.) started announcing the charge before NYE 2019.
“It had happened a couple of times and we were like ‘enough is enough’,” he said. “We felt like this was not part of a server’s job description …”
The idea of ââthe policy was to make sure that the poor staff member responsible for cleaning up someone else’s stomach contents in NYE gets a $ 50 bonus, but to date no one has was fined.
âWe implemented this policy, and things really changed after that,â Karan said, noting that the restaurant has not had any vomiting situation since putting the rule in writing.
So, when advertising the New Year’s festivities in 2020 and 2021, he and his partner decided to leave the warning in place.
“It’s technically more of a warning than a fine,” he told blogTO. “But our intention is to charge if that happens.”
An image of a sign on the restaurant’s front door announcing the policy was posted to at least two large private Facebook groups (Weird Toronto and Food and Wine Industry Navigator) this week, winning praise from hundreds of commentators.
âAs a professional bar and restaurant cleaner, I really appreciate this! My staff too,â wrote one. “The most beautiful and beloved poster I have ever seen hangs in the bathroom of one of my clients … Basically she says: please help keep the toilet clean.” and remember that another human is to clean this area after you. Be respectful.”
“I think it’s appropriate. We had a corporate Christmas party and our place is a cute little restaurant (not a King West supper club) and someone threw up in the bathroom sink. (like, it was full.) “wrote another.
“We didn’t find it until after the party had leftâ¦ and one of our employees had to clean it. I’m all for the cleaning fee for people who can’t handle their alcohol.”