I was hired by the manager of the Beer Sellar to play bagpipe music for St. Patricks Day. I was told to come and they would have a place for me to play and I was to play for 1 hour, between 10-11 pm. The trip there was very difficult and they were hard to find. I was immediately met by several very rude customers who promptly stole my tip box, which was ok, because the manager did not have an official place set up for me to play, and did not announce my arrival in any form or fashion. I asked for a place to tune and was told that I would have to stand in the kitchen, which was impossible. I was shoved and cursed at, and assaulted by several customers who threw small sharp objects at me, hitting me in the head. I attempted to play, but within 10 minutes, the stereo was turned up so loud that I could not be heard. I asked the duty manager what he wanted me to do, to which he responded, "I don't have time for this, just go home" I asked for my payment, which was refused, even though I had fulfilled my contract. The excuse was that I needed an invoice, which I have NEVER had to have anywhere, and which was NEVER mentioned by the management beforehand. I attempted to explain to the gentleman that I was in need of full payment immediately to which he responded, " I don't have time to mess with you right now, you will have to wait 2 days before you will be able to even discuss payment with someone who might possibly be able to pay you. I was treated in a very unprofessional and rude fashion. Warning to the wise amongst musicians, be wary of who you accept gigs from, and always make sure payment is forthcoming.
Addendum: On 3-18-2007, the manager did finally pay me for my time and added an extra amount for my trouble, and offered an apology. While this does not completely excuse the actions of the night manager and the situation of the night before, I am satisfied that the most of what happened was a misunderstanding. I will work for them again.