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(Slate)   The case for getting drunk at work. Might take more than a case, but I'm listening   (slate.com) divider line 39
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2013-08-21 02:58:53 PM  
i1025.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-21 03:58:14 PM  
I got kinda drunk towards the end of my shift last night, but then again I'm a bar tender, not a surgeon. Plus I live across the street. So there's that.
 
2013-08-21 04:01:38 PM  
DNRTFA

who wants shots?

/It is almost 5pm, close enough
 
2013-08-21 04:04:28 PM  
I never had a job interview at a restaurant but if it happened than I would follow what the interviewer is drinking. If the server asks me first I would say I'm not sure yet and let her/him ask the interviewer first.
 
2013-08-21 04:05:11 PM  
"The case for getting drunk at work", or "How I learned to stop worrying and love getting bombed".
 
2013-08-21 04:06:27 PM  
We have a beer fridge and regularly drink on afternoons... in fact, the only IT positions I have had in the past 15 years that didn't include drinking at work were government jobs or the kind that you drove to clients sites (that would probably be frowned upon, I imagine).
 
2013-08-21 04:06:48 PM  
How else do people get through their work day?
 
2013-08-21 04:06:50 PM  
I want to die peacefully at work, in an alcohol-induced coma, like my father; not screaming in terror like his passengers.
 
2013-08-21 04:07:56 PM  
Nice headline, +1.
 
2013-08-21 04:08:13 PM  

OhioUGrad: DNRTFA

who wants shots?

/It is almost 5pm, close enough


5 o'clock was 22 hours ago. Drink up.
 
2013-08-21 04:13:52 PM  
I've started drinking at 0730 and finished up just in time to sign out at 1600.
Sometimes I love drill weekends in the reserves.
 
2013-08-21 04:19:09 PM  

talkertopc: I never had a job interview at a restaurant but if it happened than I would follow what the interviewer is drinking. If the server asks me first I would say I'm not sure yet and let her/him ask the interviewer first.


Appearing indecisive is a great way to fail an interview
 
2013-08-21 04:25:09 PM  
Drinking AT work?

/Drink BECAUSE of work, but never AT.
//Headline of the week nominee?
 
2013-08-21 04:25:20 PM  

talkertopc: I never had a job interview at a restaurant but if it happened than I would follow what the interviewer is drinking. If the server asks me first I would say I'm not sure yet and let her/him ask the interviewer first.


Really, it's okay to just have water, coffee, or iced tea. Whatever you like best. Soda is a biatchildish and booze is not a good idea.
 
2013-08-21 04:25:32 PM  
One of my first jobs back in the early 80s, was a cook in a local bar and grille. The interview consisted of the semi-drunk manager and I ogling the Penthouse issue with Vanessa Williams in it. After he told me I was hired, we left his office and he went back to the bar to talk to some liquor salesman. At one point,  he asks the waitress standing behind the bar for another drink. she mixes the drink and give it to him and he says to her, "I noticed you mixed my drink under the bar, always mix it so the customer can see it". So  she says to him, "OK Gary, next time I'll do you on the bar..." at that he jumps upon the bar, pulls his pants down and starts screaming "SHE'S GONNA DOME ON THE BARRRR!" That was the funnest job I ever had, not to mention the rivers of free booze. whioopsie do...
 
2013-08-21 04:27:52 PM  
Hey, I only had one.

30.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-08-21 04:28:53 PM  

jojostan: One of my first jobs back in the early 80s, was a cook in a local bar and grille. The interview consisted of the semi-drunk manager and I ogling the Penthouse issue with Vanessa Williams in it. After he told me I was hired, we left his office and he went back to the bar to talk to some liquor salesman. At one point,  he asks the waitress standing behind the bar for another drink. she mixes the drink and give it to him and he says to her, "I noticed you mixed my drink under the bar, always mix it so the customer can see it". So  she says to him, "OK Gary, next time I'll do you on the bar..." at that he jumps upon the bar, pulls his pants down and starts screaming "SHE'S GONNA DOME ON THE BARRRR!" That was the funnest job I ever had, not to mention the rivers of free booze. whioopsie do...


That's some fantastic hostile workplace there.
 
DB
2013-08-21 04:35:13 PM  
I'm a bartender. I have a hard time  not getting drunk at work.
 
2013-08-21 04:37:39 PM  
The only problem I've ever had with drinking at work is there's always some asshole who cares.
 
2013-08-21 04:38:03 PM  
We're allowed to start at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Each department has their own stash.

/ Why yes, I do work in IT!
 
2013-08-21 04:41:25 PM  

ChiWhiteSox_56: We're allowed to start at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Each department has their own stash.

/ Why yes, I do work in IT!


Actually, two weeks ago we were allowed to start at 1:30. Special occasion.
 
2013-08-21 04:48:46 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: talkertopc: I never had a job interview at a restaurant but if it happened than I would follow what the interviewer is drinking. If the server asks me first I would say I'm not sure yet and let her/him ask the interviewer first.

Appearing indecisive is a great way to fail an interview


Yep. My advice is to order water. It's something everyone needs, there is no social stigma against it, and staying hydrated will help you continue speaking clearly as the interview goes on. There's really no downside unless you're a klutz and spill it. Even then spilling water looks a lot less bad than spilling beer or wine.
 
2013-08-21 04:52:14 PM  

ChiWhiteSox_56: ChiWhiteSox_56: We're allowed to start at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Each department has their own stash.

/ Why yes, I do work in IT!

Actually, two weeks ago we were allowed to start at 1:30. Special occasion.


A good day, here, is not wearing a tie. I hope no one ever installs a camera in my office.
 
2013-08-21 04:52:37 PM  

Salmon: We have a beer fridge and regularly drink on afternoons... in fact, the only IT positions I have had in the past 15 years that didn't include drinking at work were government jobs or the kind that you drove to clients sites (that would probably be frowned upon, I imagine).


Several Jobs of this

ChiWhiteSox_56: We're allowed to start at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Each department has their own stash.

/ Why yes, I do work in IT!


Last two jobs were this


ikanreed: jojostan: One of my first jobs back in the early 80s,

That's some fantastic hostile workplace there.


i53.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-21 05:04:32 PM  
I don't trust my teetotalling coworkers.  Not because they don't drink, but because they are the one's I've learned I have to watch my back around for issues completely unrelated to alcohol.
 
2013-08-21 05:10:51 PM  
I work at home (IT job) and I shouldn't even post this comment here.
 
2013-08-21 05:11:27 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: talkertopc: I never had a job interview at a restaurant but if it happened than I would follow what the interviewer is drinking. If the server asks me first I would say I'm not sure yet and let her/him ask the interviewer first.

Appearing indecisive is a great way to fail an interview


umm.... SPLUNGE!
 
2013-08-21 05:14:38 PM  

that was my nickname in highschool: I don't trust my teetotalling coworkers.  Not because they don't drink, but because they are the one's I've learned I have to watch my back around for issues completely unrelated to alcohol.


I don't trust teetotalers peroid. Unless you have some medical reason that you can't drink, if you don't drink, then you are flawed emotionally and mentally and should be avoided by sane people at all costs.
 
2013-08-21 05:19:02 PM  

Confabulat: that was my nickname in highschool: I don't trust my teetotalling coworkers.  Not because they don't drink, but because they are the one's I've learned I have to watch my back around for issues completely unrelated to alcohol.

I don't trust teetotalers peroid. Unless you have some medical reason that you can't drink, if you don't drink, then you are flawed emotionally and mentally and should be avoided by sane people at all costs.


I don't trust moralizing asshole teetotalers, but I somewhat trust recovering alcoholics who don't drink for that reason.  The problem is, many of them tend to turn into moralizing teetotalers and want to tell you you're an alcoholic if you drink.
 
2013-08-21 05:20:55 PM  
On a more sober note...

Joe often gets a little "happy" at work. Management is pretty laid back about it, so they let it go, cos Joe's a pretty neat guy, and he's harmless.

Then one day, Joe heads out for a business lunch with a customer. True to form, he has "fortified" himself before he leaves the office. Two blocks away an inattentive pedestrian steps out in front of Joe's car and is totalled. Joe blows over the limit.

So, this being the USA, can you follow the trail of litigation back to the company, who knew about Joe's "habit" and did nothing about it?

You can argue that I am being a Mother Grundy, but since Joe has no money, and the company is worth a few million, it gets sued up the wazoo. It loses the case, the owner is now way broke, his business folds, and 28 innocent people join the ranks of the unemployed.
 
2013-08-21 05:23:27 PM  

Confabulat: that was my nickname in highschool: I don't trust my teetotalling coworkers.  Not because they don't drink, but because they are the one's I've learned I have to watch my back around for issues completely unrelated to alcohol.

I don't trust teetotalers peroid. Unless you have some medical reason that you can't drink, if you don't drink, then you are flawed emotionally and mentally and should be avoided by sane people at all costs.


My last girlfriend quit drinking about 8 months into our relationship.  I stuck it out for another year.  That was a horrible year.  Basically, I broke up with a girl 'cause she quit drinking.
 
2013-08-21 05:24:06 PM  

SevenT: On a more sober note...

Joe often gets a little "happy" at work. Management is pretty laid back about it, so they let it go, cos Joe's a pretty neat guy, and he's harmless.

Then one day, Joe heads out for a business lunch with a customer. True to form, he has "fortified" himself before he leaves the office. Two blocks away an inattentive pedestrian steps out in front of Joe's car and is totalled. Joe blows over the limit.

So, this being the USA, can you follow the trail of litigation back to the company, who knew about Joe's "habit" and did nothing about it?

You can argue that I am being a Mother Grundy, but since Joe has no money, and the company is worth a few million, it gets sued up the wazoo. It loses the case, the owner is now way broke, his business folds, and 28 innocent people join the ranks of the unemployed.


Meanwhile, I had our Library get a non-sale liquor license.
 
2013-08-21 05:26:56 PM  

blatz514: My last girlfriend quit drinking about 8 months into our relationship.  I stuck it out for another year.  That was a horrible year.  Basically, I broke up with a girl 'cause she quit drinking.



George Thorogood -- If You Don't Start Drinkin'

♫♫ Budweiser! Budweiser! Miler Lite!  Take a little dip, baby, it's alright! ♫♫

Damn catchy tune...
 
2013-08-21 05:32:03 PM  

that was my nickname in highschool: blatz514: My last girlfriend quit drinking about 8 months into our relationship.  I stuck it out for another year.  That was a horrible year.  Basically, I broke up with a girl 'cause she quit drinking.


George Thorogood -- If You Don't Start Drinkin'

♫♫ Budweiser! Budweiser! Miler Lite!  Take a little dip, baby, it's alright! ♫♫

Damn catchy tune...


You beat me to posting that.
 
2013-08-21 06:42:08 PM  

ikanreed: jojostan: One of my first jobs back in the early 80s, was a cook in a local bar and grille. The interview consisted of the semi-drunk manager and I ogling the Penthouse issue with Vanessa Williams in it. After he told me I was hired, we left his office and he went back to the bar to talk to some liquor salesman. At one point,  he asks the waitress standing behind the bar for another drink. she mixes the drink and give it to him and he says to her, "I noticed you mixed my drink under the bar, always mix it so the customer can see it". So  she says to him, "OK Gary, next time I'll do you on the bar..." at that he jumps upon the bar, pulls his pants down and starts screaming "SHE'S GONNA DOME ON THE BARRRR!" That was the funnest job I ever had, not to mention the rivers of free booze. whioopsie do...

That's some fantastic hostile workplace there.


That bullshiat hadn't been invented yet
 
2013-08-21 06:55:31 PM  
I don't know of any great papers that look at the specific history of this.

imgs.xkcd.com

You're welcome.
 
2013-08-21 08:33:04 PM  
Reception. Open bar.
Evening shift.
Shook the hand of the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff with a three-beer buzz.
(Heineken, they were.)
For the win.
 
2013-08-21 08:58:27 PM  
I wish the project managers would drink on the job.  They'd be a lot less uptight and neurotic.
 
2013-08-21 11:10:10 PM  
Whereas author requires half a Mike's hard lemonade.
 
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