A popular beach bar and restaurant in Cornwall is unable to sell draught Corona beer because all of its branded glasses have been stolen by people eager to have a coronavirus souvenir.
WAX in Watergate Bay, near Newquay, started the year with 250 branded Corona glasses, many of which had already been taken, but in the first week of reopening after lockdown the remaining 130 have all been pinched by naughty drinkers.
It has had such an effect that the bar and grill can’t currently serve draught Corona because it’s got nothing to serve the beer in.
Owner Sam Karkeek said: “It happens every year – it’s usually Rattler glasses that get taken, but this year it’s Corona, for obvious reasons. Everyone wants a coronavirus souvenir. People are quite blatant about it. They ask for two pints, they drink them and then they’re gone as are the pint glasses.
“I can’t get angry, though. We’ve all probably got a glass in a cupboard that originates from a pub.”
He added that until WAX gets replacement glasses, draught Corona is off the menu.
“Not that many places have Corona on tap – it’s quite a niche product,” said Sam. “It hasn’t affected business though, as people who want a pint of Corona just choose a bottle or an alternative beer instead.”
The venue took to Facebook with ‘fun reopening facts and figures’:
Number of Corona pint glasses stolen: 130 (Every single one we had!)
Largest attempted booking size: 26 (All one family apparently)
Estimated lost revenue due to ‘no shows’: £4,000+
Rudest Customer: The lady (Karen) who shouted at her waitress for ‘wasting her time’ because they simply wanted to change their gloves before serving her.
Number of disposable menus used: 3,400
Customers who thought WAX was in fact Fifteen and were confused by the ‘surprisingly large amount of burgers on the menu, for Jamie’s’: 1
Times we were asked for a ‘Corona, hold the virus’: 30+
Amount of times people tried to move our measured & socially distant tables: 20+
Understanding, kind and well behaving customers: 99%
Increase in bookings by locals after they saw we were badly affected by ‘no shows’: 450%
They added: “It’s been an amazing first week and we hope it continues. Just please stop stealing the glassware and moving the bloody tables!”
Mr Karkeek said that despite a problem with no-shows in the first weekend of reopening, customers were now “as good as gold”.
“I think it may have been that people were slightly nervous about coming out that first weekend but 100% of those booking are now turning up.
The locals don’t tend to book but even they’re booking now,” he added.