Pattern: Buy the First Round
Meeting colleagues for a few drinks in a bar or pub.
How do you maximise your drinking, whilst both minimising expenditure and maintaining good will with your drinking colleagues?
- You have limited money, or at least limited desire to spend it.
- The drinks are not free.
- You want to drink (possibly lots).
- Your colleagues will not all turn up on time, but there will be quite a few of them eventually.
- You do not want your colleagues to think (or perhaps notice) that you are being tight git.
Buy the first round of drinks before all your colleagues have arrived.
- You need to get to the bar early, preferably first and with a couple of colleagues in tow.
- Volunteering to buy the first drink shows good nature and enthusiasm, and spreads good will.
- You get free drinks for the rest of the evening, assuming a reasonable increase in the number of colleagues and a steady rotation of round buying.
- If there is enough drinking, others will not notice your use of this pattern or recall any other known uses. This supports repeatability in future as only your generous nature will be remembered.