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(BBC)   Man drinks to death, wife sues, said his job required him to drink... to death?   ( divider line
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2002-02-19 01:53:28 AM  
Oh right, that makes sense
2002-02-19 01:53:40 AM  
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2002-02-19 01:53:42 AM  
"The widow's lawyer told the French news agency AFP that the courts had concluded the man's death should be categorised as an industrial accident because work duties had required him to attend the party."

France then properly surrendered.
2002-02-19 01:53:47 AM  
In other news, Drew Curtis marries!
2002-02-19 01:54:22 AM  
The French make me laugh as well as glad I don't live in France.
2002-02-19 01:58:06 AM  
The French court surrenders.
2002-02-19 02:06:10 AM  
Probably her nagging caused it.
2002-02-19 02:09:00 AM  
Gotta love those Russians:

The World Health Organization (WHO) stipulates that eight liters of alcohol per capita is the upper limit for consumption before major health problems ensue. Russians - adults and children alike - consume 14 to 15 liters per capita per year. And vodka output rose 65 percent in the first half of 1999. In effect, many Russians are drinking themselves to death.

More than 35,000 people died from accidental alcohol poisoning in 1996. In fact, daily headlines in Moscow during the winter include body counts of the inebriated people who died of exposure. In the United States, which has almost twice the population, about 300 a year die from the same cause.

At the moment, deaths exceed births by about 700,000 a year. Some experts say Russia's population could drop to 80 million in 50 years from 150 million today. The loss of life from this quiet crisis in Russia has been a catastrophe of historic proportions. These grim views are based on economic, health, and demographic trends in Russia since the fall of communism, and no rapid way out of the disaster is easily visible.
2002-02-19 02:10:10 AM  
Wow the French really have it going for them lately
2002-02-19 02:12:20 AM  
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just looking at the cheapness of that vodka almost killed me. like the time I saw 750ml of Her Majesty's Gin on sale at 7-11 for $2.50 and I almost puked on the spot.
2002-02-19 02:12:36 AM  
I hope he was drinking Starka.
2002-02-19 02:15:24 AM  

Vodka doesn't kill people, people kill people.
2002-02-19 02:20:18 AM  
i wish my job required me to drink
2002-02-19 02:29:42 AM  
Canadians can handle beer.
Russians can handle vodka.
Frenchmen can handle wine.
The Irish can handle anything.

The Frenchman should've stuck to wine.
2002-02-19 02:31:52 AM  
I've yet to find something that swedes can't (or won't) drink
2002-02-19 02:36:09 AM  
whats up fark?
2002-02-19 02:42:58 AM  
I'm so bored. Someone pleae IM me on AOL Instant Messenger. SN is Mr Fuznut. Please. I'm bored. Someone save me.... please...
2002-02-19 02:59:30 AM  
That's odd. I don't every hear of the Kennedys suing the government.
2002-02-19 03:29:56 AM  
That's because when the the Kennedys drink other people die!
2002-02-19 03:37:57 AM  
Okay. Listen up.

When travelling on business to Russia, expect to be at "mandatory" parties 6.5 nights per week, drinking booze and--when your booze runs out--vodka. Failure to keep up is not permitted.

I.e., he knew what he was getting into.

In other news: Dubya choked on a pretzel and passed out. Sure. Ten years of rehab down the toilet.
2002-02-19 03:47:17 AM  
Hehe... That's really sad. I mean, it's already pathetic that Frenchie couldn't keep up with his Russian comrades, but for his wife to sue, blaming his inabilities on his employers? You're sure this didn't happen in America? <=
2002-02-19 04:37:57 AM  
Alcohol withdrawl can kill people, also.
That is why I prefer bongs of White Widow.
2002-02-19 05:04:52 AM  
What a wuss. Last time I drank myself to death was only yesterday, and why! My leg grew back too!
2002-02-19 06:26:08 AM  
I can see this case being used as a precedent. Does it extend to drinking related deaths such as schlerosis of the liver? One big class action being bought very shortly. Lionel Hutz's number anybody?
2002-02-19 06:34:53 AM  
I want a job that requires me to smoke pot! (I don't like hangovers)
2002-02-19 07:23:06 AM  
My last job required me to drink heavily, if only to keep my sanity. Maybe i should sue.
2002-02-19 07:42:35 AM  
Londongirl beat me to it by ten minutes, except it's my current job that induces drinking.

Speaking of which, off I go to said employment. See ya at the bar in about, oh, nine hours...
2002-02-19 07:45:43 AM  
My current job induces random acts of violence. You don't see me complaining.
2002-02-19 08:16:49 AM  
The employer should probably sue his wife. If she wasn't such a biatch, he would have gone home for some lovin' instead of hanging out at working getting hammered.
2002-02-19 08:33:24 AM  
And the last time I went into work drunk I had to go to HR and call someone for "counseling"
2002-02-19 08:42:28 AM  
can somebody tell me why this story is so unique that it is posted here?
2002-02-19 09:20:40 AM  
more like satire
2002-02-19 10:14:24 AM  
This is a landmark decision! French companies have been sending redundant employees to Russia for years in hope that they'd drink themselves to death! It started with Napoleon.
2002-02-19 10:21:51 AM  
No matter what anyone says, nothing "makes" someone drink. My job sucks a root and I hate even waking in the morning knowing I have to go in but I don't drink because that only makes me feel even worse. I'd quit and be homeless except I don't know how to pick a shopping cart and the other bums would laugh at my cart because it would have a wobbly wheel...
2002-02-19 10:26:22 AM  
I work at a brewery, and judging by the number of alcoholics that work there and how easy it is for us to get cheap/free beer, drinking yourself to death is almost part of the job description.
2002-02-19 10:28:21 AM  
and we have even been given a fridge for the office to keep it nice and cool 8P
2002-02-19 10:41:29 AM  
Here's to death *clink*
2002-02-19 10:45:20 AM  
Slayerswine -
I think that we all get it now. You smoke bongs of White Widow. You have made that perfectly clear. That is about as interesting as FINGER having a computer.
2002-02-19 10:50:29 AM  
Kids, don't try to drink with Russians unless you're a professional.

Damn, those WHO numbers are scary, considering that I probably put away about 60 liters last year. And I paced it so that I was seldom drunk-- never falling down and blacking out drunk, certainly. Then I took a look at my bloodwork and found high liver function and borderline high cholesterol and decided my alcoholism career was over. Cut back to a beer a day, with dinner. Maybe I'll go back up to two a day if my numbers look good.

I'm gonna sue Jim Beam for making such a soothing and tasty product.
2002-02-19 10:59:53 AM  
Its not that the job MADE them drink, but rather, many Russian industries supply the vodka for their workers to drink on an off break. So, the fact that they gave them vodka to drink, with the intention that they would drink it, is damning. Im sure the company didnt say "Heres some vodka, dont drink it! You might die!"
2002-02-19 11:08:20 AM  
mmmmmmmmmm Stoli Vodka. Oh wait thats Russian.
2002-02-19 12:22:20 PM  
The point is it doesn't matter if the alcohol is free and everyone else is getting blasted because it's expected, no one is making you swallow the stuff. I've personally never had a problem with saying no and sticking to it but I have a co-worker (an alcoholic in denial) who insists that you have to get drunk with your buddies to be socialble (sp). Then again he also thinks that a BAC of .20 is too low for acceptable driving...
2002-02-19 12:26:50 PM  
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2002-02-19 01:05:50 PM  
Man drinks to death on the job. In related news, has a job opening!
2002-02-19 01:14:00 PM  
On the Stoli label it says "IMPOTED FROM RUSSIA". Maybe this is why the russian population is decreasing.
2002-02-19 01:17:38 PM  
Yeah I like every one on FARK to know WHAT I smoke. I don't give a crap for the most part. It was relevant to this thread, too, since weed is a recreational drug like alcohol. I like to brag about it because if you know anything about White Widow, it is an extremely rare strain of weed not commonly found in North America. The BEST weed I've ever smoked in 22 years. You don't like what I say, ignore it then. Go to HELL otherwise. And it wasn't the only thing I had said in the thread. Why no comment about people can die from alcohol withdrawl? Huh? Are you an alcoholic that likes to tell me not to get high but be a drunk cuz it is legal?
Do you smoke weed? What is your view on legalization? I want to know if you are one of those idiots that believes marijuana laws are just right as they are because they are fugged up beyond belief IMO !
And if you do smoke dope, with an attitude like that there is no way I will smoke any with your jealous ass.
Waiting on your reply...
2002-02-19 05:27:48 PM  
The French??? This deserves the "Obvious" tag...
2002-02-19 05:32:34 PM  
Absolut Nonsense
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