LARGE signs in the bars of the Lismore Hotel, Pitt Street, Sydney now tell customers to move away from the bar after being served.
The signs, 4ft by 3ft, have been erected by the licensee, Mrs Mary Keighery. Last week Mrs Keighery became hoarse requesting customers to move back from the bar after they had obtained their drink.
Mrs Keighery’s idea was inspired by the Brisbane system of queues.
“Complaints by regulars that they were unable to get near the bar for a drink demanded the expedient,” she said yesterday.
“Customers complained of having their heads bitten off when they asked anyone to move or tried to elbow their way in.
“The trouble Is that at lots of hotels a few loungers wait outside until the hotels open, then hover over the pumps like bar flies until the beer runs out.
“Then customers’ clothing gets stained by beer spilt from glasses being passed from the bar to other customers standing hack.”
But Mrs Keighery fears that some customers may resent the rule, just as they did when in 1940 she introduced the discoloration of beer in drip trays.
– Daily Telegraph (Sydney), Tuesday 16 January 1945.
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