Pub chain Wetherspoon have an app where you can order food and drink without leaving your table. It's really easy to use and you can pay using your debit card or Paypal and it would be a godsend in a busy bar. But there's an extra layer of fun to be had because ANY person with the app can order ANY food or drink item to be presented at ANY pub. I've seen it in action a couple of times and thought it was time to give it a try myself.
What could possibly go wrong?
Picture the scene... it's Easter Sunday, I'm already a little bit tipsy and I find myself in the Postal Order pub in Blackburn. I share my table number and a fun picture to my friends on Facebook and Twitter and ask them to buy me a drink. I honestly don't expect many people to respond but HOLY HELL they did me proud.
After I shared our table number we waited. Friends were commenting on the Facebook post advising me to "sit tight" and letting me know what they'd ordered. About half an hour passed but no drinks or random bowls of peas arrived.
I nipped to the bar and explained that there had been some orders placed via the app for Table 55 but nothing had arrived. A member of staff explained that they'd received a huge amount of orders so they'd checked with the people sat at "table 55" and they'd denied all knowledge of ordering anything. It was at this point that the staff realised that they'd visited the wrong table and jumped into action to rectify the situation.
This is what arrived.
There were a couple of items that couldn't be delivered - I'm not sure what they were - and the staff were very wary that, even though it was their fault, closing time was fast approaching. They promised that the undelivered items would be refunded and we promised that we would try and drink up quickly.
The gins were gorgeous and everything else got us extremely pissed, extremely quickly. It was a novel idea and kept us highly amused. It also proves that my friends are up for a laugh but I owe so many drinks out now!!