Category: July, 2014

Tuesday’s Tip: Tip to the Top!

Mickey Finn Photo history-map

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Here is a bit of Tuesday Trivia that will hopefully not leave a bad taste in your mouth!  Back in 1903, local Chicago bartender and manager of a fine, upstanding restaurant called the, “Lone Star Saloon and Palm Garden Restaurant”, created a unique and inducing way to put a few extra coffers in his apron pocket.

Michael, “Mickey” Finn took the liberty of providing his customers with a bit of extra bang for their boozing buck.  Mickey was implicated for adding a drug (chloral hydrate) to libations in order to render patrons knocked-out, and consequently robbed of their moonshine money.

Not to be outdone by their money-making Mickey, in 1918 over 100 waiters were arrested for poisoning abominable tippers; this was done by, “slippin’ someone a mickey”, as it became known throughout the waiter crowd.


Mickey Finn Newspaper article chicagoreader

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The illustrious, “Waiters’ Union Headquarters” was only too happy to fulfill requests by its membership for small packets of, “Mickey Finn Powder”, as it was called.  At a bargain-basement price of only 20 cents, a jilted spirits server could elicit in its cheapo customer feelings of dizziness, sluggishness, and in some cases, it became lethal.

Mickey Finn Photo

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A Tuesday Tip to the Wise:  A slip of the tip might just wind you up encountering a spaced-out trip!

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