Finney's Royal Grotto Complaint - I tried to give them a chance...can't help it that some employees are jerks
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- Overall Finney's is a neighborhood dive bar that attracts college-aged people & middle-aged men kicking back after work. It's a very social scene & overall decent for a bar. Drink prices are reasonable, and the food is decent...there is not much menu variety for the food, just your typical "bar food" & appetizers, but it's sufficient...hey, this isn't the Le Bec Fin! The occasional karaoke nights & live bands make the place more fun & interesting.
The only real complaint I have about the place is, a few of the bartenders & the owner form a gossipy little clique(yes, similar to the girly cliques from middle school). They tend to gossip about people who aren't exactly like them, they scorn upon people who god-forbid aren't the upper-middle class caliber that Doylestown is known for, & they feel like they can throw out any person they dislike for personal reasons...even if the person is tipping nicely. I am convinced that the snobby, somewhat conceited owner Rich Lunoe doesn't care about anyone who's not in his friends circle, & he holds grudges against people.
When I first discovered Finney's, I was going through a hardship, & my very bad financial state was known to most of the employees/regulars, simply because Finney's is the small-town neighborhood bar where everyone kinda knows everyone(& everyones' business). One of the bartenders, another guy named Rich but w/ a mustache, made fun of me behind my back about my financial hardship. The little clique there did snotty stuff, like falsely accuse me of stealing money; even though I've never stolen anything in my life, except for when I was 11 & stole $0.50 from my sister after she stole $0.50 from me. That made me feel like my business was unwanted. OK maybe I couldn't afford a car or my own place back then, but I still had $5 for a drink or appetizer! But because it was known that I was poor, the bartender ignored me to my face & refused to serve me. He left me waiting there for 40mins one night, & I was just quietly waiting & not making any fuss. I was always decently nice to them. Then a week or so later, I finally got the guts to confront them about why they'd been so rude & also why they were telling guys not to associate with me. (PS--them telling males not to hang out with me, hurt my dating/sex life more than they probably realize!) They refused to listen to me & told me to "go away".
So I avoided them for a good year, then after everything cooled down, I went back to Finney's, mostly just to show people that I had cosmetic surgery, a nice apartment, a brand-new car, & so that they would see I wasn't this indigent little girl any more(in a year's time, I had the very good luck of turning around my bad financial situation a complete 180!). Mostly everyone there liked me and was nice to me. I was tipping the bartenders(mustached Rich included!) $3 for each drink I ordered, which in my opinion is very generous. Guys liked me & were offering to buy me drinks, which added to the bar's profits. I wasn't doing anything wrong. Then the owner started mocking me & belittling me in front of my friends. He also told me that he still remembered me being poor, & he still didn't like me, & he didn't want me at the bar at all. I don't think this is fair, because you're supposed to move on & forget the past & realize that people change. They were WRONG to hold my bad financial state against me, because that was not my fault. The only thing I did wrong was argue w/ them about why they were discriminating/ridiculing me, & maybe I was defiant to do this, but I stopped & when I started going to Finney's again, I tried to forgive & forget about all that. Funny how Rich Lunoe couldn't forgive/forget me, yet I was willing to do that for that a--hole. I regret trying to be nice now. I see that it doesn't matter if you go from street bum to say, president of the US, those people will still remember you as the street bum & never treat you like anything above that. That isn't my idea of a friendly neighborhood bar. I'd rather take my business to The Other Side or Stephanie's, places that are a lot cleaner & classier, anyway.