Not a rant; I appreciate your views and insight. That very well may have been the way it was.
My experience on the other hand is different. There have been several times I’ve walked into a bar for the first time and been provided free beers or shots. Another thing I’ve experienced is bartenders charging me for 16oz pulls while giving me 22oz drafts. I’m a firm believer that this is done on purpose and psychologically if your bill isn’t as high as you thought it would be you leave a bigger tip. I’ve been known to leave bigger tips for even servers that obtain quick rapport while the service isn’t any better than usual. And, good for them!
From my understanding and speaking with our bar keeps the clientele we serve tip fairly to very well.