DID you buy someone a pint five years ago and they are yet to repay their beer debt? Broach the topic carefully but forcefully:
Lay the groundwork
Getting the pint you’re owed requires military planning. You need to settle on a venue, agree on a time, and crucially make sure you invite the bastard who stiffed you out of a drink all those years ago. Otherwise the whole venture is a complete waste of f**king time and you’ll have to beg them to PayPal you the cash amount.
Lull them into a false sense of security
Soften them up by treating them to the first round. Maybe even throw in a couple bags of crisps and some nuts for good measure. Don’t think of this as extra outlay, it’s an investment. With alcohol flowing through their veins and a stomach full of pub snacks, they’ll be nice and vulnerable for your small vengeance.
Bring it up as a joke
Laugh it off like it’s not a big deal. So what if you bought them a £4.65 pint of American pale ale from The King’s Head in Birmingham back in 2017 and they never offered to pay you back? It’s ancient history. Honestly, you’ve forgotten all about it. Playfully punch them on the arm a little too hard.
Seeing as you’re talking about the pint though, you’ve actually got all the receipts from that night in your pocket. What a weird coincidence. If your friend studies them carefully they’ll see they do actually owe you a beer. No, you’ll tell them, it’s not petty, it’s fair. If the tables were turned you would totally understand.
At this point they might start getting aggressive, so make sure you’ve got backup. Preferably they’ll be someone who was there back in the day and can support your claim for the pint you’re rightfully owed. If not just pay someone to lie, ideally someone called Big Tony. It’s not like anyone can remember anything that happened so very long ago.