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Alex Watson: If everyone did their time behind a till the world would be a better place

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All the excitement over last weekend’s golf Open Championship in St Andrews got me thinking about the last (and only) time I attended – not as a fan, but as staff.

I worked as a waitress in a VIP tent that they tried very hard to pretend wasn’t a tent, by adding a proper bar and carpet and potted plants. I didn’t see any live golf action but, then, the VIPs didn’t seem to either.

Sitting metres away from the tournament taking place just on the other side of a thin layer of grubby canvas, lots of them stayed in the tent for most of the Open and watched it on big screen TVs instead. And some of them had flown from America and Australia to do it. I still feel as astounded by this now, more than a decade later, as I did then.

Still, they were a refreshingly easy-going lot, my VIPs. I don’t remember any drama, just trotting the occasional plate of food back and forth from the kitchen. I think I might have pulled one pint during the entire five days.

The relaxed atmosphere was a relief, because – apart from working behind the bar at T in the Park the weekend before the Open (serving a comically different crowd) – I’d never had a hospitality job before, and I’d heard plenty of horror stories from friends and family.

I had to laugh last week when I saw buzz........

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