A man walks into a bar.

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"What can I get you?" Asks the landlord

"I'll have a beer please"

The landlord pours him a beer and puts it in front of him.

"That's £3.50 please"

"Oh I'm not paying for it. You offered me a drink so I said I'll have a beer"

"Don't be ridiculous, this is a pub, of course you have to pay for it!"

"Well I disagree. Legally you asked if I wanted a drink, not that you were selling me one"

Another man at the bar chimes in:

"If I may gents, I'm a solicitor and unfortunately landlord, he is right you did offer him a drink and legally he doesn't have to pay for it"

The landlord is already fed-up with the guy so he says:

"Fine, but you can sup up and get out. You're barred and never getting served here again"

The man drinks his beer and with a nod he leaves the bar.

About 20 minutes later the man walks back into the bar.

The landlord is stunned and shouts:


"What do you mean? I've never been in here before"

"You were here about 20 minutes ago and tricked me out of a pint of beer!"

"Sorry I've no idea what you're talking about, I've never been here before"

"Well... you must have a double!"


"Lovely I'll have a whisky, and one for my solicitor here as well"


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On 08/05/2023 at 06:50, ReynaldRey said:

Okay but this is kinda genius. I know it won’t actually work irl but the thought is complex enough to actually warrant an actual argument.

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Having held an on-premise alcohol sales license... no it doesn't.  The presumption of being offered a SERVICE (that being the sale of a drink) legally outweighs that of the presumption of being offered a free drink, because of the surroundings.

Case in point: Even if a landlord says "Let me get you a drink" after a polite conversation, there is no legal expectation that said drink will be complementary.


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