Jukebox Justice

December 6th, 2010 · 82 comments

Our submitter, a bartender in D.C., might not be the world’s biggest Mariah Carey fan, but when a group of customers put “All I Want for Christmas is You,” on the jukebox last Saturday night, he didn’t complain. But when the same group queued the song up again — three times in a row — he invoked his bartender’s privilege and skipped it. After all, he says, “It was DECEMBER 4th. I gave them their money back, but they still kept calling me ‘Grinch.’”

I have to step in here and note that, yes, that song is like crack — once you’re hooked, one hit is never enough. But that’s when you go home and spend the 99 cents to download it so you can indulge your addiction on endless repeat without coughing up a quarter every time. However, money management not being the forte of most addicts, at the end of the night the holiday-happy patrons left behind this oh-so-classy note in lieu of a tip.

Sorry for partying. Sorry we enjoy Christmas.

That very same weekend, meanwhile, Amy noticed that the bartender at one of her local haunts in Murrysville, Pennsylvania has taken a proactive approach to this particular problem. “Normally a super friendly place, I was sooo tempted to play ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ just to see what they would do.” (Instead, she held on to that feeling — privately — and took a picture.)

If you play

related: “You Can Call Me Arse”: A review of last night’s performance

extra credit: Jukebox Etiquette 101

FILED UNDER: a matter of taste · bar · Christmas · D.C. · heart · holiday spirit · music · non-apology apology · Pennsylvania · tipping · xoxo

82 responses so far ↓

  • #1   berge bang

    I’m sympathetic to the bartenders for having to put up with such horrible music, but why do they have those songs as selections to begin with?!

    Dec 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Jonathan

      Management. Gotta love management passive-aggression.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   berge bang

      Ah, so the jukebox selections aren’t so much to please the customers, but torture the wait staff! Ultimate management passive-aggression indeed!

      Dec 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   cuffed

      In my day, you were employed to make the customer happy. Ho hum…

      Dec 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   Risha

      Odds are good that no one at that bar, including the management, have any control over what’s in there. My step-father used to collect vending machines and jukeboxes and such, and he just loaded what his company gave him.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 8:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Liz

      The songs are picked based on how much $$ they make the owner of the machine. Of course, if “Don’t Stop Believing” generates 15 times the cash as “The District Sleeps Alone” (which I could listen to on repeat any day), guess which song is definitely going to be on the jukebox?

      Sorry, Postal Service …

      Dec 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.6   Canthz_B bang

      Management picks the songs based upon the clientele. You’ll find a lot of Elvis Presley in a Memphis, TN jukebox…not so much in a Harlem, NY jukebox.

      But even in Memphis, you’ll get hurt if you play “Burning Love” three times in a row!

      Dec 6, 2010 at 11:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.7   jadefirefly

      @ cuffed: I call bullshit.

      Making two customers happy at the expense of the rest of the establishment’s sanity is poor business.

      In geek terms, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. If I were a bartender, you can bet your behind I’d put the kibosh on ANYTHING being played three times in a row, much less pop-tart Christmas tunes. And the rest of the patrons would thank me for it.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 1:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.8   ChrissMari

      Not even management… most places (including the one in which I work) has crappy touchtunes now. Now that may ultimately come down to management because it’s their decision to put it in… but yeah.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 6:08 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.9   Ed Depaine

      Nowadays a poor feller can’t even go into his favorite honkey tonk and drown his sorrows with “Your cheatin’ heart” on repeat.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 7:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.10   Farticus

      In my day, hospitality staff weren’t citizens. They were slaves with no rights whatsoever. They existed solely to please their customers/owners, and if we wanted to harass or mistreat them, or violate their ears or other orifices it was just fine, goddamn it, because paying money to ingest food grants you ownership over those non-humans called waitstaff in mind, body and soul.

      Ho hum…

      Dec 9, 2010 at 9:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   sunshyne84

    bah humbug!

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   CakeasaurusRex

    Hahaha, I dont think anyone can fully appreciate Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” until you hear a group full of your male friends belting it at 2am! Amazingly epic song. :D

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Jeanine

    Anyone who plays one song repeatedly on a juke box should be automatically ejected from the establishment.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Heidi

      I agree. And I *am* the type that loves listening to songs on repeat, but I recognize everyone else on this planet does not.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Scribbles the Monkey bang

      I used to get drunk and go to the Waffle House to play “My Blue Heaven” and “Blue Monday” on the jukebox. They’re short songs, so I’d play them at least 3 times each. I think everyone hated me, but I wasn’t exactly going to Waffle House drunk to win a popularity contest.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 9:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   MisterDNA

    I’m firmly Team Bartender on this one.

    If the customers managed to play the same crappy song four times and only spend 24 bucks, they can not legally claim to have been “partying”.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   bean

      Amen to that! Took the words outta my mouth.

      Of course, if they had spent a bit more money, the bartender might have been in a better mood to listen to that crap song all night anyway.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   farcical aquatic ceremony

      Totally. I hadn’t picked up on the paltry $24 total on first reading. If this was a whole group’s tab, their claim to have been ‘partying’ is to be dismissed out of hand. If this is a single patron’s tab, at D.C. prices this is three, MAYBE four, watery bar drinks, still not enough drinking time to justify going into spasms of diva-listening (and forcing-upon-innocent-others-said-divas).

      That said, I think the partyers were entitled to withhold tips from the guy who withheld their source of *shudder* joy. Bartenders know their work involved drunkards and their fuckery. I’ll bet that in the case of this bartender the loss of a few bucks from these Mariah fans was more than made up for by the return of his/her sanity.

      Plus, let’s not forget the gratitude that other patrons surely showed our bartender for stopping the bleeding from their ears…

      Dec 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   MisterDNA

      FAC, I agree about the customers being within their rights to withhold a tip. If I had been the bartender, I would not have been bothered at all by not getting a tip; the satisfaction received from skipping over the song would have been better than money.

      Because I’m so full of Christmas spirit, I choose to believe that other patrons – grateful for not having to listen to Mariah Carey on endless repeat – gave the hapless bartender sufficient tips as a way of expressing their thanks.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   Canthz_B bang

      Isn’t there something unsettling about the phrase “partying Mariah Carey fans” in the first place?


      Dec 6, 2010 at 11:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.5   WMDKitty

      Team Bartender, here, too.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 8:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.6   Ndawg

      Team Other-patrons-drinking-and-tipping-long-into-the-night-sans-Mariah-Carey-fans.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 10:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   clever name

    Why not ditch the jukebox and get a proper line up? Nobody likes them anyways…

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   pony girl

    I would never work at a bar that had any Mariah Carey songs on the jukebox.
    I refuse to work for people who support Satan!

    Oh, no wait, that’s Celine Dion. I guess Mariah is just a demon, one of Satan’s minions.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   farcical aquatic ceremony

      If you’re a Buffy fan, you know that the association between loving The Divas and being a 3,000-yr.-old demon is 100% solid.

      (K: “I’m 3000 years old! Stop treating me like I’m 900!”)

      Dec 6, 2010 at 5:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   KelBel

    They would have been entitled to withhold their tips if he refused to play it at all, but refusing to play it 4 times in a row is completely reasonable. There are very few valid reasons not to tip your bartender/waitress/delivery person.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Zach

    WHERE IN MURRYSVILLE?! I grew up there and it’s not a big town, so I’m really excited to see we finally made it on the Passive Aggressive Notes map.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   S

      Exactly what my brother & I are trying to figure out! Bob’s Inn, maybe?
      But really, Murrysville is a pretty passive aggressive town.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Amy

      Actually it’s D’s on Northern Pike in Monroeville. I’M from Murrysville and must have misunderstood the form. But close enough!

      Dec 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Gabe Athouse

    I pissed off a bartender by playing “The Final Countdown” 6 times in a row. I stayed around for the first 2. It is the worst song to put on repeat ever.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   johnnyboy

      I think “Eye of the Tiger” is way worse for that.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 9:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Woman on the Verge bang

    After reading that last note, I’ve Stopped Believin’.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 6:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   notolaf

    Re: Jukebox Etiquette 101 – Somebody’s to cranky too be allowed out in public.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Dave

    Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” would have been a better choice for your male friends, especially if they were drunk!

    Dec 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   molly moon

    How is not leaving someone a tip ever going to improv anything but lack of liquor in your drinks! It’s bad booze karma!

    Dec 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Canthz_B bang

      Gotta tip the ‘tender if you want him or her to tip the bottle! ;-)

      Dec 6, 2010 at 11:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   April

    Why don’t they just take “Don’t stop believin” out of the jukebox then if they won’t let you play it?

    I get that hearing songs over and over or hearing annoying songs can be well annoying, but well get another damn profession! If you work around drunk people expect drunken behavior which falls into both of these categories. Either take the song out of the jukebox. Take out the jukebox or at the very least expect no tip.

    I would not have played the song over and over again. I hate Mariah Carey especially, but I would have not tipped either regardless. I am the customer and if you are going to give me attitude you are not getting tipped.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   JungleJim

      You know… (and I mean no offense by this, or at least very little) you’re the type of person responsible for surly retail employees. I bet you are so happy to hear Christmas songs on Black Friday, and every day after leading up to the 25th, regardless of the poor saps who will have to hear the same 12 songs hundreds of times. After all, they should ‘get another damn profession’ too, right?

      There’s no reason for playing any song that many times in a row, and holiday songs get double the response.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   April

      Actually I hate Christmas music. I have also worked tons of retail jobs where I had to listen to the same 12 songs over and over again all day. I sucked it up. It was not pleasant but I have a great ability of drowning such things out of my head if I need to. I worked in a dang toy store and well the kids music they played all day is probably worse than Christmas music. Even today I have to drive my 3 year olds around town while hearing B I N G O AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME OOOOOO and I keep my sanity. Better than screeching. :P

      Dec 7, 2010 at 7:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   Clumber

      Holiday music makes me homicidal. I hate the crap. In an earlier life, i worked at a boarding kennel and the owner insisted on playing a particular radio station that every holiday season would play the dogs barking jingle bells over… and over… Any idea what that does to a full kennel of boarders?

      Tsk… just the memory of that and now I have to go find the nearest clock tower. There are only 2 holiday songs that aren’t putrid, “I Hate the Holidays” by Venus Envy and “Basted in Blood” from SNL. I’ll be playing those as I sight in my scope….

      Dec 7, 2010 at 9:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.4   Betch

      Okay, there’s a huge difference between someone choosing to play a song that you happen to have heard many times before and are tired of, and choosing to play it over and over and over again. As someone who works at a bar, I understand that customers will want to hear their favorite songs. Hell, I even understand that different groups of customers throughout the night will like the same song, and will play it at various points in the night, so I will have to hear it many times. I can deal with that.

      However, it is not only rude to the staff but the other customers in the establishment to play the same song on repeat. Yes, customers come here to be waited on, but there’s a difference between catering to our customers, and catering only to one group of customers. Unless you happen to be paying each and every one of the patrons you are annoying with your behavior, you do not have the right to bother other customers just because you and your friends think Telephone is the greatest song ever written.

      In other words, don’t be a self-entitled bitch.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 11:22 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.5   April

      haha when we were in our early 20s we would frequent Waffle House late at night to get food and smoke cigs (my friends, not me or my hubby) and drink coffee. We always tipped well. Very well. One time my friend forgot to tip or pay or both (can’t remember which one). He drove all the way back when he realized what he had done to right it.

      I will admit though that one time we were all high or drunk or both and we thought it would be funny to put like 5 dollars in the jukebox and play the Waffle song over and over again or the hashbrown song whichever one. You know how they have those weird Waffle House songs in the jukebox mixed with regular ones.

      We left right after we did it laughing our butts off like we were so clever. Oh those were the days! I bet they unplugged it right after we left. :P

      Dec 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   MN Kirsten

    Drunk 20-somethings are like toddlers. Let them have their tantrums and they will eventually tire themselves out. So *what* if these gals wanted “All I Want for Christmas”. It’s not like they’ll come in tomorrow and do the same. ONE night…just ONE night! Take a deep breath and ignore it.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   FeRD bang

      Problem with that logic is, the very next night it’s the same stupid sh*t (or a slight variation) from some other group of drunken morons! If you decide to tolerate it, in that sort of context, it’s tantamount to encouraging it.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   areihl bang

    As a bartender who has been subjected to an entire live John Mayer album, the entire barenaked ladies album, and that stupid Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow song over and over, I can say that the bartender in question has the right, but hasn’t heard the worst of it yet.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 10:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   Canthz_B bang

    If bartenders are too busy to notice customers staring at them to get their attention, you’d think they’d be too focused on their jobs to even notice what song is on the jukebox. Let alone count how many times it has played.

    Dec 6, 2010 at 11:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   Canthz_B bang

    Rumor has it that our bartender friend in Murrysville, Pennsylvania was relieved of his duties as a result of his note.

    Forced to take work at a karaoke bar, well…if you’d like to pay your respects, services will be held Thursday at St. Luke’s.
    He cannot, however, be buried in consecrated ground, as the Church does not condone suicide.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Small Town Girl

      Survey Says: Wrong :)

      If you actually knew where this place was *NOT Murrysville btw* you would know that no one is fired, and as of the last Steelers game I watched there *Sunday the 4th* the sign is still up. The rumor mill in Arizona got it’s Pennsylvania news all mixed up

      Dec 11, 2010 at 10:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.2   Canthz_B bang

      ??? You know these are jokes, right? There probably wasn’t a suicide either, but it’s not REAL.

      Besides, there isn’t much Pennsylvania news worthy of distribution in Arizona…all you have is weather reports, and we don’t have anything we can legitimately call weather reports where I am.
      Just repeats of “sunny and mild all this week” all winter long! :-P

      Dec 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   Michelle

    “Sorry we enjoy Christmas”? Yes, because nothing encompasses the Christmas spirit like stiffing a hardworking bartender out of a tip as some kind of infantile revenge tactic.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Canthz_B bang

      Peace on Earth. Good will toward men, except that mean bartender!

      Dec 7, 2010 at 12:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   Sarah

    Madam, I am fairly certain that you are rarely if ever a friendly place.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 1:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   [email protected]

    Do you know what I hate about that Mariah song? It goes on, and on and on, and on….

    No, wait. That’s “Don’t stop believin”.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 8:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Mo®

      “A singer in a smokey room
      A smell of wine and cheap perfume
      For a smile they can share the night
      It goes on and on and on and on”

      Just like this song goes on and on. I am with the Bartender on this one. That is why we control the music where I work. You have to put up with my crappy taste in music. :razz:

      Dec 7, 2010 at 8:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   Ndawg

      [Adam West voice] … and I love it when amateurs sing it!

      Dec 7, 2010 at 10:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   sleeps

    When I tended bar, the ‘skip’ button was discretely located under the bar. In such an emergency as a 4th repeat of Mariah, I could discretely nudge the button, and then shrug bewilderedly when the song got skipped. Granted, this usually worked best on a busy night when it was loud, and most folks couldn’t hear the first few bars of the song start before I skipped it. I’m pretty sure I only used it when asshats decided it would be funny to play something on repeat over and over again; after all, anybody can listen to any song at least once without too much ill effect. But clearly if you’re acting like a spoiled child trying to see just how far you can push Mom before she snaps, don’t be surprised when you get put in jukebox timeout.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 9:00 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   North

    I worked in Niagara Falls, in a currency booth below a patio karaoke bar. If you’ve never heard drunk Japanese tourists singing Elvis interspersed with the loudspeakers from the Ripley’s Believe or Not Museum ( a man has four eyes.. Believe or not!!!..) repeating over and over while insane collectors camped out for the debut of the newest Beanie Baby and the police were occupied with trying to keep tourists from climbing over the fence and killing themselves so they could get a good photo of Niagara Falls instead of spending 25 cents on a postcard and a giant Frankenstein was walking up and down scaring people into his museum while an extremely drunk man became very worried that the statue of Blondin (the guy who used to tightrope across the Falls and was honoured by having a statue of him strung over the street as if he was crossing the street on a tightrope) was real and tried to talk it down while another drunk guy tried to rob my bullet / fire proof currency booth with a butter knife while tourists took photos of him, and the store clerks was staring at a woman who freaked and started knocking displys over because she couldn’t find a pen she liked to write a cheque with and all this while lights and neon’s are flashing and music is blaring then you have not truly experienced the idiocy of retail. This bartender is an amateur, four plays in a row irritated him? He wouldn’t last a day in the Falls.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 9:11 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Clumber

      {backing away slowly}

      Ummm…care for a valium? Or 6?

      Dec 7, 2010 at 9:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.2   pony girl

      I simply must visit Niagara falls.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 10:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.3   April

      You are my hero.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   divaandwriter bang

    Bartenders are human beings, too.

    If I had been that bartender, I would have turned the damned song off, too.

    And if I had been one of the other customers in that bar, I would have given the bartender an extra large tip for his service to humanity.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 10:08 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   KJ

    John Mulaney describes the best meal he’s ever
    had. Totally hysterical.

    (search on YouTube for “John Mulaney chicago diner Tom Jones”)

    Although I hope they left a nice, fat tip.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 10:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   FeRD bang

      You mean this, lazypants?

      Dec 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #26.2   KJ

      Not lazypants, received “500 Internal Server” errors when I tried to post this yesterday. So, thanks for the link. (And yes, that’s what I meant.)

      Dec 8, 2010 at 11:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   MaroonMD

    LOL I’m sorry they enjoy Christmas, too.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 11:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #28   smo

    i’d like to represent the mariah fans who understand that not everyone shares our musical taste, and one play on the jukebox is enough. i’d be excited to even see a mariah song in a jukebox, but i wouldn’t torture everyone else there by making them listen repeatedly. i can sing along as loud as i want in my car, and for other occasions, god created headphones.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 11:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   clumber

      Holiday Mariah though?? Hmmm… if so… there’s a great little bar right over there that has all sorts of mariah songs… even rare live ones… yeah right over there. Never mind the clock tower or the crown vics in the square flashing their lights…. broadside now…

      Dec 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #29   John Juan

    I want to fly to Murrysville, Pennsylvania and find whoever is responsible for the second note and KISS THEM ON THE MOUTH. Kudos to taking the night back. If I never hear “Don’t Stop Believin’” (or Journey in general) and/or 35 frat boys singing along ever again, my life would be complete.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 11:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #30   [email protected]

    Did anyone else notice the Mariah + Nick and a signature that looks like Nick C—-? I think someone is trying to drum up business for the wifey-poo.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #31   oi bang

    Ok I confess I am guilty of putting Justin timberlake’s ‘Rock your body” on a repeat loop at my friend’s house. In my defense we were doing math homework and I did not even know that there was music playing. Suddenly my friend snatched my notebook from my lap and dramatically stopped the music. I am like what is your problem? This seemingly sent him into hysterics. I remember thinking, he is going to smash my computer on floor or break into sobs. He is like MY PROBLEM? MY PROBLEM? You are the one who is playing Justin Timberlake’s song for 100th time! I am like alright, alright I am sorry! Calm down and please return my notebook unharmed. I won’t ever listen to Justin Timberlake please. I promise.

    Don’t get me wrong, I still do this but in privacy of my home. Where no one would judge me, even if I listen to Kayne West on repeat.
    Look, sometimes I hate myself too ok?

    Dec 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #32   QBALL

    Perhaps they should put Gayla Peavey’s “I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas” and play it every time someone ques a Christmas Song, or for that matter any song that is particularly annoying (the latter included)

    Dec 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #33   heidistitches

    While I’m with “Team Bartender” I can’t wait to go into a bar now and pay to play the same annoying song about five times in a row and sit back and watch what happens…(insert evil laugh)!

    Dec 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #34   butt

    I actually like Journey a lot but Don’t Stop Believin’ is probably my least favorite of their hits, so of course it’s the most overplayed (particularly by people calling it “Small Town Girl” or something).

    Team Bartender. I had a college friend who would choose 15-minute progressive rock songs on the jukebox just to piss people off. It worked.

    Dec 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #35   Odious

    This doesn’t make any sense. How can people sing along to a song that was skipped? If it’s not skipped, and they do sing along, why would they ask for a refund? Can anyone else makes heads or tails of the 2nd sign?

    Dec 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   Danny

      If they start singing before the skip button is pushed, there will be no refund?

      Dec 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #36   Madrias

    I’m sorry, endlessly-repeating Christmas music drives me mental, and makes me want to blow up the jukebox. One of these days, I’ll have to rig up a jukebox to explode as soon as a christmas song is called up. One of these days…

    Dec 10, 2010 at 12:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   FeRD bang

      “Next time, Gadget! NEXT TIME!”

      Dec 10, 2010 at 5:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #37   Sonya

    OK. I have been reading this site for a really long time. this is the 1st one I MUST respond to.

    I am a karaoke hostess. There are just certain songs that people (non regulars) misinterpret as a fresh blast from the past. Journey and All I Want for Christmas ( sung in December), will never be a unique choice. ever.

    Dec 10, 2010 at 12:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #38   Daniel

    New Life Goal: go to Murrysville and play “Don’t Stop Believing” in every bar jukebox I can find.

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #39   Lurpy

    I’m absolutely Team Bartender/Team Everyone Else in the Bar on this. I tend to frequent a small Irish pub. Their jukebox consists mostly of punk rock, traditional Irish songs, and some classic rock/older country (Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, etc.) They also have one Police album in the jukebox. One night, someone decided to play the ENTIRE ALBUM all the fucking way through. Hearing that many songs by the same shitty artist all in a row was bad enough. I can’t imagine how terrible it would have been had they just played “Roxanne” over and over.

    Dec 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #40   wyhalo

    A bar here in Laramie has a note on the internet jukebox saying that those who abuse their Gaga privileges will see them revoked. It’s totally fair for employees to tamp down on obnoxious customers, for the sakes of everybody else around.

    Dec 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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