Most would have seen a sign similar to the above at some bar or restaurant and taken the message at face value. I used to be like that.
When I came across the sign recently, my thoughts were that the sign probably needed some small print:
When does one qualify as a customer?
Upon entering the bar with the intention to buy a drink? But what if I don’t order after using toilet,
Upon ordering? – so I can call a drink and then use facilities, or
Only upon payment
How long does one remain a customer?
If I was in the pub last night, could I use the toilet today?
What about last month? Last year
Do I need to purchase something? If I ask for a glass of tap water, do I qualify as a customer?
Maybe there is a need for an asterisk and a note that terms and conditions apply. Or maybe just not read too much into signs……
And I almost completed without reference to the missing apostrophe,,,,,,,,,,,,