From the faucet to pastoral care: the bartender is now speaking to the counter over the telephone
The pub is closed, the counter swept empty. Bartender Dennis Pomplitz nonetheless has an open ear for his visitors. He talks to them on the telephone, generally late into the evening.
The bar counter just isn’t solely used for consuming, additionally it is a spot of secrecy, the place visitors expose secrets and techniques and inform the bartenders complete life tales. Dennis Pomplitz is aware of that. He often throws the bar within the “Goldene Krone” in Darmstadt. The inn is the oldest within the metropolis. A pub that college students come to love seniors, many are regulars. You know one another.
But now the pub is closed, the faucet has been drained and the visitors have to remain outdoors. The counter conversations throughout the road don’t happen. Nevertheless, Pomplitz has an open ear for the visitors – he has lately been sitting on the bartender’s telephone on Fridays and speaking to the callers late into the evening.
Bartender telephone in opposition to loneliness
It began with a gag. Because the provide to speak was initially supposed as an promoting measure. An thought of the boss, experiences Pomplitz to the “Hessenschau”. The “Goldene Krone” calls out by way of social media: “Call us and tell your best club / bar story. Ask us what you want! Chat with us! Have a drink with us!” Pomplitz initially needed to be the contact individual for an hour. But the telephone rang, rang, and rang.
Some simply wish to chat, escape for a second from loneliness and tedium, have somebody to toast – albeit at a distance. Others use the provide to share their issues or ask for recommendation. Because when Pomplitz is on the bartender’s telephone, he isn’t only a associate, he is additionally a pastor.
A bit regular
The “Goldene Krone” is a place to begin for a lot of, that it’ll now disappear, is an issue particularly for “single people around 40”, the bartender informed the “FAZ”. “It hits them the most because otherwise they don’t have a lot of contacts.” It’s onerous to see the way it pulls folks down. The bartender’s telephone brings again a little bit of normalcy for himself too. So he now has contact with the visitors once more, it isn’t the identical, however it’s getting shut.
“I’m not a therapist who tries to change something. I just pass on my opinion. And the guests know that their issues are not exposed,” reported the 25-year-old. If the visitor so needs, every little thing that has been mentioned stays “inside the crown”. “We have a duty of confidentiality like a doctor or a pastor.”
The line glowed. That is why the “Goldene Krone” has in the meantime expanded the vary of bartender telephones. After the non-public discussions there’s now a type of reside present. This a part of the night is recorded by digital camera and streamed on Facebook.
All of that is new territory for Pomplitz. He informed the “Hessenschau” that he was once reluctant to keep away from having contact with folks. “But here I got into the deep end,” he mentioned. “I didn’t know I was capable of it.”
sources: FAZ, Hessenschau, Goldene Krone