Originally Posted by Wisguy
I've also noticed fewer beer carts on the courses over the past few years than there used to be. I don't understand this. If they sell only 4-5 beers per hour, typically at 200-400% markup, they are more than breaking even on cart fuel and wages. A reasonably assertive beer cart girl can sell a heck of a lot more beer and other beverages with a cute smile and a nice tan than will ever be sold by leaving it up to customers to approach the bar before the round or at the turn.
Quite a few posts back a new member posted claiming that she is a beer cart girl and making a vague comment about how tough she has it. Let's review the life of a beer cart girl:
- Spends 2 minutes wiping down a beer cart, about what an average restaurant server spends busing 1-2 tables if there are no busboys.
- Spends 5-10 minutes schlepping ice to the cart and stocking the cart first thing in the morning, then a total of maybe another 10 minutes refilling it throughout the day, plus another 5-10 minutes dumping the ice and cleaning out the cart at the end of the day. So we've got a total of no more than half an hour of actual labor over the course of an entire work day. And if she's cute, manipulative, and there's a high school or college kid working in or around the clubhouse, she may very well ask him (or maybe it's even in his job duties) to lug the ice and beverages to the cart for her.
- Sits on her cute little arse on a comfy, well-cushioned beer cart seat about 85% of the workday.
- Works on terrific tan that makes all of her sorority sisters jealous back at school in September.
- Says "Can I get you anything?" or "Need anything?" a dozen or two times an hour.
- Leisurely gets up off said perky, cute little arse, walks two steps to cooler, reaches inside, pulls out beverage, hands to customer, and pretends, with difficulty, to calculate change hoping to keep whole amount tendered. As opposed to walking briskly back and forth 40-100 feet from dining area to kitchen dozens of times per hour, sometimes carrying up to 15 or so pounds of food, plates, drinks, etc... sometimes for 2-3 hours without more than a 30 second break other than to take an order, which is what a typical restuarant server does (in my youth, I got more backaches as a waiter than I did working construction, notwithstanding the up to 1000% greater weight of stuff I carried on a construction site).
- Gets typically a $1/can of beer tip. So say that's the usual "keep the change" when handed a $5 bill on a $4 beer, that's a 25% tip, for doing very little in comparison to a restaurant server, who typically will be getting an average of 15% plus or minus a few percent on tips.
- If she's cute and a bit assertive, she's flirting with many of the predominantly male golfers on the course and getting significantly more than a 25 % tip.
- Once or twice a day she may have to smile demurely and deflect an aggressive pick-up line from a customer who she's successfully sold multiple drinks.
- Even if it's 100* outside, she's wearing a tank top, shorts, and sandals plus gets a cool breeze most of the day driving to and fro.
- And if she likes golf, she probably gets free range balls and free rounds every day after work.
Yep, that's one grueling job for a college girl to perform. They do about 20% of the work of a restaurant server for 1/3 (or more) better tips.
I bet I'm not the only guy on this forum who watched a hot beer cart girl working a foursome for generous tips and said to himself "In my next life, it definitely would not suck to be reborn as a beer cart girl."