I went out Saturday night alone (none of my friends live within a quick drive) to this bar. The bar I went to wasn't really fitting my mood so I took a short walk and went to a quieter place and sat down where this beautiful bartender was bartending. We had some casual conversation, made her laugh a little bit, but it wasn't anything too serious. Hell I wasn't even in the mood to be overly social that night.
Anyway, this couple sits down next to me. They eat their dinner, order drinks but don't realize last call is a 1am and the girl throws a shit fit. She is cursing the bartender out, asking for her manager, blah blah blah, acting like she is Donald Trump when she probably lives in a shit neighborhood in the projects.
So as this woman is bitching and moaning I whisper to the bartender, who walked away briefly, that the woman making a scene is a first class bitch. She laughed. The bitchy woman ends up storming out and not tipping (after unsuccessfully trying to get a free meal) and as soon as she leaves the damn place you can see her sitting outside laughing! Holy shit right?
So the bartender and I talked some more, she vented about the night and a few other similar nights she had. Another bartender came up to me (tattooed girl with black shirt) and said some similar things, asked me to talk to the manager, so I did briefly.
The blonde bartender was pretty upset, and the bar had already closed down for the night but me and a select few were sitting around sipping our beers. We were joking around a little bit (trying to cheer her up because you could tell that really ruined her night) so when I got my check, I gave her a $20.00 tip on a $30.00 tab. I mean, I felt pretty bad for her. I used to work in the service industry and people can be pretty big pricks because they need their 5 minutes of power - I remember I'd go home fuming some nights.
So, she is extremely thankful, keeps talking to me some more. The tattooed one in black shirt said thank you as well. They were pretty surprised (in a good way). I end up sticking around until way after close, at least an hour, not realizing how much time had passed talking to the blond bartender.
I really, really think she wanted me to ask her out, and I wanted to ask her out, but didn't do it because I gave her that tip and she was pretty upset over the rude couple. I'm not really sure whether or not that was a smart move. On the one hand it would have been an easy opportunity, on the other I didn't want her to think I was taking advantage (also she was still on shift).
Should I have just done it? I'll probably see her again, but it might be harder to get her alone since that place gets crowded. Feeling like an idiot.