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Old 04-08-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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Why can't you drink at work?

Carlsberg workers strike over beer drinking limit at work - USATODAY.com

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Old 04-08-2010, 03:05 PM   #2
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That industry has long traditions of drinking while at work making beer. When I toured the Coors brewery years ago we were escorted past the employee room where they were imbibing during their break. The guide informed us of their policy and insured us that the tour bus driver was not drinking.
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My father in law is a retired elevator mechanic, and from time to time he used to do some work at the Yuengling brewery in Pottsville, PA. At the time (this was like 30 years ago) the employees at the brewery would grab a beer when they went on break, and my FIL says they'd even offer a beer to him while he was servicing their elevator equipment.

No way you'd see that today.
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The attorney's have ruined any chance of something like this continuing today. All it would take is one drunk forklift driver to runover and kill somebody and the company would be sued for creating a dangerous work enviornment (which in reality would probably have merit). I love drinking beer but I can't imagine being very productive while doing it. Usually after my first beer, I am done working for the day!
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The attorney's have ruined any chance of something like this continuing today
Really? Seems like they're one of the few professions who actually do continue to drink at lunch
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I would have been a lot happier at work if we could have had a few drinks during the day!! LOL
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Wow, it just shows you how bad things could really get. I guess things could get worse... and here we are all worried about trivial things like health care.
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Perhaps a poll is needed. What would you rather your dentist just drank before drilling your teeth:
1) Water
2) Iced tea
3) Soda
4) Beer
5) Wine
6) Vodka

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The brewing industry (especially in Europe) has long been the home of "wet shops" where drinking during the work day was normal and the workers usually even got a daily ration of free beer. Hasn't flown in the US for a long time because of OSHA/workplace safety rules. Just wrapping up a batch now. The rule here is no drinking until the flame on the massive propane burner goes out for the day, but usually I don't even think about it until everything is done and put away.
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Really? Seems like they're one of the few professions who actually do continue to drink at lunch
Sadly, no.
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Where I worked in the UK had premises just off site where you could drink and lots of us regulary did. Right up until I transferred to the USA in 1987 I used to go to the management club with 3 mates and we would have a sandwhich (or similar) and a pint of ale. Just sign a chitty and it gets deducted from your paycheck - and this is a chemical plant. (we all worked in the office, not in charge of any machinery).

The on-site cafeteria used to sell alcohol until about 1980, but the off-site clubs were within a mile or 2 and were owned by the company. I remember a colleague of mine being amazed when we were over on business once and at lunch, on this particular site, walked over to the club with several others, and everyone ordered drinks (beer and wine).
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In one place where I worked I was told by others that the owner regularly imbibed in his office. Vodka was his drink of choice. He had a good work ethic, too. Arrived no earlier than 10:00 and left no later than 4:00 and only on Tuesdays and Thursdays mostly. We often heard a lot of laughing coming from his office -- his underlings laughing at his jokes, probably -- when their mouths were not engaged in some other activity.
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Really? Seems like they're one of the few professions who actually do continue to drink at lunch
Then there’s the attorney who drinks ice tea at lunch, goes back to the office and serves papers on the opposition a month early, forcing their response due date to move back to, say, Christmas Eve.
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I visited the Shiner brewery a few months ago and noticed that there were several workers in the hospitality room taking advantage of the "4 per visit" sampling privileges that we visitors were also gulping down. Don't know if they were taking a work break, at lunch, or just finishing work, but it looked life darn good company benefit to me.
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In one place where I worked I was told by others that the owner regularly imbibed in his office. Vodka was his drink of choice. He had a good work ethic, too. Arrived no earlier than 10:00 and left no later than 4:00 and only on Tuesdays and Thursdays mostly. We often heard a lot of laughing coming from his office -- his underlings laughing at his jokes, probably -- when their mouths were not engaged in some other activity.


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Back in the late '90's I went to our home office in France and often ate in the company cafeteria. It was at a plant (production) location along with office folks, so you did have a mixture of blue/white collar people eating there at noon.

Being France, they did have wine available (white/red) that came out of a big vat that looked like a large coffee urn. While I never took any (or else fall asleep in the afternoon ), many of the plant people would.

There was this one fellow who I saw often, who had a habit of pour/drink, pour/drink, pour/pay (drink three - pay for one).

Guess it's a cultural thing...
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Back in the late '90's I went to our home office in France and often ate in the company cafeteria. It was at a plant (production) location along with office folks, so you did have a mixture of blue/white collar people eating there at noon.

Being France, they did have wine available (white/red) that came out of a big vat that looked like a large coffee urn. While I never took any (or else fall asleep in the afternoon ), many of the plant people would.

There was this one fellow who I saw often, who had a habit of pour/drink, pour/drink, pour/pay (drink three - pay for one).

Guess it's a cultural thing...
worked a lot in Europe over the past 10 years and in Italy and France esp we always had wine at lunch and there were free cocktails served on all flights, even early a.m. flights, between countries.
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