Clubbers hit by booze mooch

Clubbers hit by booze mooch

Watch your bottle at nightspots. There are freeloaders who have no qualms about helping themselves to your liquor

They walk up to your table, strike up a friendly conversation and help themselves to your alcohol, only to disappear when the bottle runs dry.

Meet what clubbers call "boozing freeloaders" - male and female partygoers who hover around VIP tables in the hope of getting free drinks from people they are meeting for the first time.

Turn away for a minute and you might find entire bottles being swiped by your new acquaintances.

Clubgoers tell SundayLife! these opportunists are a common sight in nightspots, encouraged by the fact that more club lounges and dance clubs now offer "premium bottle service". Nightclub patrons are encouraged to open bottles of premium spirits and champagne to secure tables and spend at least $1,000 to $2,500 a night on alcohol.

Copywriter Alex Lim, 29, who comes across "freeloaders" once every two or three times when he goes clubbing, describes their modus operandi: "Some girls pretend to strike up a conversation and familiarise themselves with you... then their hands hover around you and reach for your bottle."

His friend, fellow copywriter Daniel Foo, 29, says he has encountered many people who have no qualms helping themselves to his friends' drinks while partying at clubs such as Mink, Zouk and Fenix Room.

He recalls: "Once, this guy came along and said, 'Wow, someone like you who is wearing a Rolex watch and all should be ordering Moet champagne at least. Why are you ordering Mumm?'

"He then helped himself to the bottle of champagne, which led to a mini shouting match before a bouncer came to get him out of the club."

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