Our band had a dispute with the owner of the bar in which we play. We play a regular gig at the pub. We are not paid, but we are provided beer and allowed to collect tips. The dispute arose when a band member, as is his wont, passed the hat along the bar. The owner became quite angry and publically dressed down the band member for what he claims was improper pub etiquette. He stated the tips could only be collected from the tables and not the bar, as the bar is "his territory" and by trespassing the band is stealing his tips.
I am curious to know if indeed the bar is off limits to tip collection for musicians or if he is talking out his arse.