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(SeattlePI)   Spokane distillery, looking for volunteers to pack its gin and vodak bottles in exchange for free lunch and shots, says they are booked for rest of year   (seattlepi.com) divider line 36
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2009-05-19 03:55:47 PM  
People won't work for $5/hour, but they will work for $5/hour's worth in booze... Probably because they're drunk.
 
2009-05-19 04:01:44 PM  
When they get paid, then it's time for Bumfights!
 
2009-05-19 04:02:30 PM  
shiat, don't let my dad know about this or he'll pack up and get the hell out of town.

/won't miss him
//will miss the '67 ranchero
 
2009-05-19 04:03:31 PM  
vodak
 
2009-05-19 04:04:12 PM  
Since it takes a full year to age, Dry Fly's Washington Wheat Whiskey output will be much smaller than the roughly 6,000 cases of gin and vodka the distillery will sell this year.

Whiskey aged one whole year? Boy, that is gonna be some rotgut hooch right there.
 
OGC
2009-05-19 04:04:16 PM  
I volunteer for a brewery under a similar arrangement, so I'm *actually* getting a kick out of the article, as well as these replies!
 
2009-05-19 04:07:27 PM  
It's a clever way around the minimum wage. If I had my outrage hat on I'd smash all their stock. Fortunately, I have my party hat on. Just remember, you're taking a job away from someone else, so drink a toast to your union brother.
 
2009-05-19 04:08:43 PM  
Should of offered a couple hits of meth. Line would be out the door.
 
2009-05-19 04:12:06 PM  
Lt. Cheese Weasel: Since it takes a full year to age, Dry Fly's Washington Wheat Whiskey output will be much smaller than the roughly 6,000 cases of gin and vodka the distillery will sell this year.

Whiskey aged one whole year? Boy, that is gonna be some rotgut hooch right there.


Would it have even taken on any color at this point?

/mmm moonshine
 
2009-05-19 04:12:53 PM  
Is this even legal?
Why I ask.
1. Not a not-for-profit or government agency.
2. Not likely compensation will equate to minimum wage.
3. A slew of tax issues.
4. Hard, hot, bareback anal sex (haha just making sure you're still paying attention).
5. Labor laws including those pesky i9 and w4 forms.
6. Liability risks.
7. Various state/local regulations.

Please note I'm not trying to knock the company; I'm just listing several issues that many small businesses might not consider. (Though I hope this one did).
 
2009-05-19 04:15:20 PM  
Vodak? Is that some kind of camera?
 
2009-05-19 04:20:13 PM  
Flapjack727: Vodak? Is that some kind of camera?

No, it's a foreign import sports car.

/old meme is old.
 
2009-05-19 04:20:23 PM  
I really was hoping this was for Hangar One (new window), which I now realise is in Northern California.
The Spiced Pear is sublime, and I can't get enough of the Mandarin Blossom. Before them, I was not a Vodak guy.
 
2009-05-19 04:27:24 PM  
Flapjack727: Vodak? Is that some kind of camera?

There's a sucker born everyday. You lose. Stick around.
 
2009-05-19 04:29:24 PM  
detfrost1: Is this even legal?
Please note I'm not trying to knock the company; I'm just listing several issues that many small businesses might not consider. (Though I hope this one did).


Because they are working for free. The booze and lunch fall under "gifts"

For example if you painted your neighbors house in exchange for a cake that is perfectly legal. If you did it for the 10 dollars the cake is worth then it becomes illegal, you have to report it as income, it gets taxed, and is subject to min-wage laws.

\Law is strange.
 
2009-05-19 04:36:42 PM  
Since I live here and am volunteering, this awesome!
 
2009-05-19 04:37:44 PM  
Next time I will preview before posting.
 
2009-05-19 04:43:52 PM  
Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta has (Or, had - I haven't been in quite some time) the same deal.

You volunteer to pack beer into sixers and 12-packs, and you're rewarded with a case or so to take home at the end of the day.

It's a win-win for people with nothing else to do. The company gets three hours worth of labor for $10, and the volunteer gets beer for hanging out in a brewery. Oh, and you could also drink one or two while on the line.

I used to do it, since I worked a rotating 24/48 shift, and did little else aside from running errands. I could either sit around on a Tuesday and play video games, or go hang out at the brewery(!) and come home with a light buzz and a case of pretty good beer.
 
2009-05-19 05:26:51 PM  
amusengo: Since I live here and am volunteering, this awesome!

This!

It would be kind of fun, but I'd have to pass on the 15 minute whiskey.
 
2009-05-19 05:44:21 PM  
Flapjack727: Vodak? Is that some kind of camera?

It's a slang term for "FARK newbie".
 
2009-05-19 05:54:50 PM  
DipsomaniacDawg: Should of offered a couple hits of meth. Line would be out the door.

you know spokane well.
 
2009-05-19 06:07:09 PM  
The article did fail to mention that Dry Fly puts out some of the finest gin known to man.
 
2009-05-19 07:07:03 PM  
i don't suppose anyone has the "vodak HA HA guy" pic?
 
2009-05-19 07:35:44 PM  
The city is called Spokompton, and the meth heads/homeless are called Spokies.
 
2009-05-19 07:47:35 PM  
I used to have a roommate that worked part time at a brewery in exchange for beer. Their entire bottling operation was staffed this way. They earned points for every hour worked, which they could exchange for cases or kegs.
 
2009-05-19 08:30:12 PM  
I just love a headline with vodak in it. So witty and humorous!
 
2009-05-19 10:29:34 PM  
akharon: Dry Fly

Evidently their vodka is pretty damn good (new window), too.

He also thinks their gin (new window) kicks an illegal amount of ass... in accordance with Akharon's prophesy.
 
2009-05-19 10:41:00 PM  
The Vodak Ambassador has filed a protest with the State Department over the bottling of his people.
 
2009-05-19 10:47:36 PM  
Yeah its legal, they fought a long battle to have state laws changed so they could give free samples and sell out of their building (which is a few blocks away from me now). There's also an awesome brewpub right next door that we go to between classes (WSU and EWU have a satellite campus close to the area).

The vodka and gin they make is pretty good stuff and worth the $30 price tag, $47 for the whiskey though sounds high, might be worth a try if your in the area.
 
2009-05-19 11:06:08 PM  
Subby fails for the vodak spelling. It's spelled w-i-s-k-y.
 
2009-05-20 12:23:41 AM  
"When you're driving all day
Ain't seen nothin' but hay, Spocaine"

"When you're down on your luck
and they repo your truck, Spocaine"

"It's 'Spokane' it's 'Spokane' It's 'Spokane'...."

"Spocaine"


"When the Cougars are hot,
They'll be drinking a lot, Spocaine"

"Where there's no place to go,
'cept for Idaho, Spocaine"

"It's 'Spokane' it's 'Spokane' It's 'Spokane!'...."

"Spocaine"
 
2009-05-20 02:07:41 AM  
Lol, Spokane.

Best Spokane story I have: When I was in college at nearby Washington State University, I played hockey on the school club team. Since there is no ice in Pullman, we'd drive the ~76 miles to Eagles Arena in Spokane to play, and at crappy timeslots like 10:00 pm - then drive home. Anyhow, before one such drive home we were loading up at Jack in the Box, just sitting in the drive-thru line. Said Box is right next to the Top Hat Pub.

As we're sitting well deep into the line (it's almost beer o'clock, after all), we see 2 guys come out of the back door to the Top Hat. They're arguing about something, probably Camaros over Trans Ams or similar. Anyhow, Mullet #1 is upset enough at Mullet #2 that he climbs into his car (parked right next to the back door, and it's a land yacht - an old Buick or something), throws it in reverse for about 20 feet, then flips it to drive and guns it in an attempt to run over Mullet #2.

Fortunately for Mullet #2, he sees the land yacht coming and jumps out of the way - so Mullet #1 and the Buick don't wind up hitting him. What they *do* wind up hitting is the back wall of the bar, which is made out of cinder blocks or something. Dude managed to punch the car about 2-3 feet into the wall, and all kinds of masonry comes loose. (This was probably quite a shock to anyone actually still IN the bar, I'd wager.)

Too bad for Mullet #1, he did not put on his seatbelt before accelerating to ramming speed, so he wound up hitting his head on the steering wheel, windshield or something. Dude opens up the car door, gets out kind of jelly-legged, and falls flat on his face. Right about this time, bar security comes out the back door (ZOMG WTF car in the bar !?!?), as does every other person inside.

Of course, this is far too fun to pass up, so after we receive our food, we just circled the 'Box and enjoyed our meal in the parking lot overlooking the carnage. It was fun to watch people trying to sneak off with bar swag in the commotion, one dude was trying to hork the "Ride the Silver Bullet" Coors Light mirror off the wall apparently, because security repossessed it from him in the parking lot as he was leaving.

Too bad, nothing more happened out of this other than police and ambulances showing up... when I got back to Pullman and told my room mates about it, nobody believed me, either... fortunately, there was a brief blurb in the "local" section of the Spokesman-Review a day later, so I got vindicated.

I couldn't locate the article to reference it, unfortunately - this was about 1998, +/- a year - and the online archive isn't deep enough. Seriously, though - Spokane. Lol.
 
2009-05-20 05:03:18 AM  
There was/is a brewery like that out in western mass somewhere. My roomie would volunteer there, and come home with a growler of beer. They also had some program with food donations too.

Any farkers in the Amherst-NoHo area wanna help jog my memory?
 
2009-05-20 06:45:43 AM  
Great story lol, GO COUGS!
 
2009-05-20 11:30:18 AM  
I hate Spocompton.
 
2009-05-20 01:28:02 PM  
89 Stick-Up Kid: I hate Spocompton.

You and me both, kid. You and me.
 
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