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* In ''Film/{{Victim}}'', the barkeeper at the pub is seen cleaning glasses while interacting with the patrons.


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* The bartender in ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight II]]'' invokes this, cleaning a glass as an excuse to ignore Kyle Katarn. Once Kyle slams his lightsaber on the bartop he [[OhCrap tosses it over his shoulder]] and switches rapidly to obsequious mode.

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* The bartender in ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight II]]'' ''VideoGame/JediKnightIIJediOutcast'' invokes this, cleaning a glass as an excuse to ignore Kyle Katarn. Once Kyle slams his lightsaber on the bartop he [[OhCrap tosses it over his shoulder]] and switches rapidly to obsequious mode.


* This is how we're introduced to VideoGame/{{Tapper}} in ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.

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* This is how we're introduced to VideoGame/{{Tapper}} in ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.''WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph''.


* Lampshaded in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards''. Sham the bartender is constantly cleaning glasses, which always confuses Vimes because the glasses never seem to be ''clean''. A possible (and obvious) answer to TP's dilemma offered by -- who else? -- Creator/DouglasAdams is that the cloth is actually dirtier than the glasses, resulting in an opposite effect where the alcohol kills whatever germs have peacefully been living on the towel.

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* Lampshaded in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards''.''Literature/GuardsGuards''. Sham the bartender is constantly cleaning glasses, which always confuses Vimes because the glasses never seem to be ''clean''. A possible (and obvious) answer to TP's dilemma offered by -- who else? -- Creator/DouglasAdams is that the cloth is actually dirtier than the glasses, resulting in an opposite effect where the alcohol kills whatever germs have peacefully been living on the towel.


Understandable in TV and movies, where it's an easy barkeeping duty to do in multiple takes, while many other jobs would need undoing before they could be done again and cause continuity problems. Less understandable in other media; it's probably a result of the stereotype.

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Understandable in TV and movies, where it's an easy barkeeping duty to do in multiple takes, while many other jobs would need undoing before they could be done again and cause continuity problems. In addition, activities like handling glassware or ice can be quite loud, and can drown out whatever is going on. Less understandable in other media; it's probably a result of the stereotype.


* The page image is of the unnamed barkeep in the anime version of ''Manga/{{AKIRA}}''; his determination to man his station [[spoiler:gets him killed in the end]].

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* The page image is of the unnamed barkeep in the anime version of ''Manga/{{AKIRA}}''; his determination to man his station [[spoiler:gets him killed in the end]].


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* The page image is of the unnamed barkeep in the anime version of ''Manga/{{AKIRA}}''; his determination to man his station [[spoiler:gets him killed in the end]].



* The page image is of the unnamed barkeep in the anime version of ''Manga/{{AKIRA}}''; his determination to man his station [[spoiler:gets him killed in the end]].




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* ''ComicStrip/{{Tumbleweeds}}'': Blackie, the saloon keeper of Grimy Gulch, is usually seen drying glasses when not serving drinks.

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* Lampshaded in ''Literature/RoadsidePicnic'', where Redrick briefly reflects on how amazing it is that the bartender of the Borscht is constantly cleaning glasses.
-->'''Redrick:''' Leave that thing alone, you'll wipe a hole through it!


In fiction, the sole IdleAnimation for [[TheBartender bartenders]] who aren't currently filling a glass is to dry a glass (unless they're the main character, in which case they will never do ''either'' of these things). You'll never see them stocking ice or frequently-ordered drinks, or trying to keep customers (who aren't the protagonist) engaged. In real life, bartenders who always have a glass in their hand tend to get fired.

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In fiction, the sole IdleAnimation for [[TheBartender bartenders]] who aren't currently filling a glass is to dry a glass (unless they're the main character, in which case they will never do ''either'' of these things). You'll never see them stocking ice or frequently-ordered drinks, wiping down the bar, or trying to keep customers (who aren't the protagonist) engaged. In real life, bartenders who always have a glass in their hand tend to get fired.



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* ''FanFic/TheApprenticeTheStudentAndTheCharlatan'' averts this, as almost every bartender seen does something other than simply clean a glass with all of their time.


** [[http://www.oregonlive.com/comics-kingdom/?feature_id=Pardon_My_Planet&feature_date=2013-04-18 Strip for April 18th, 2013]]. A man says that when he told his wife that it would be O.K. if she found someone else after he was gone, he meant "gone" as in dead, not "gone" as in "at work".
* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible''. In the [[http://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/hagarthehorrible/s-1547021 strip for July 16th 2014]], Hagar and Lucky Eddie are talking in a bar. The bartender is behind the counter polishing a glass.

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** [[http://www.oregonlive.com/comics-kingdom/?feature_id=Pardon_My_Planet&feature_date=2013-04-18 Strip for April 18th, 2013]]. 2013.]] A man says that when he told his wife that it would be O.K. if she found someone else after he was gone, he meant "gone" as in dead, not "gone" as in "at work".
* ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible''. In the [[http://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/hagarthehorrible/s-1547021 strip for July 16th 2014]], 2014,]] Hagar and Lucky Eddie are talking in a bar. The bartender is behind the counter polishing a glass.


* The ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'' [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-11-16.gif comic for November 16th, 2012]]. The dog Grimm is at a bar where the bartender is cleaning a glass with a cloth.

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* The ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'' [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-11-16.gif comic for November 16th, 2012]]. 2012.]] The dog Grimm is at a bar where the bartender is cleaning a glass with a cloth.

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