Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Drinking on the job: Firings at Chrysler


Chrysler fired 13 workers who had been after Detroit’s WJBK-TV aired footage of them drinking beer and apparently smoking dope during their unpaid lunch breaks (over a period of ten days). (You can click here to view the video.)
This is one of those situations where you wonder how common this behavior is if these guys were so easily caught on tape. (Note that they were caught despite employing the pinnacle of stealth, the brown paper bag. Seriously, a brown paper bag? If they’d been passing around a fifth of Jim Beam it couldn’t have been as obvious.)
A couple of other things to think about:
  • Detroit currently has a sickening rate of unemployment, yet these 13 people were able to secure jobs.
  • Chrysler was the recent recipient of a government bail-out. (Good to know that there’s little accountability going on until there’s a news camera around.) Now the company will probably start doing mandatory drug testing for all employees.
  • Despite Chrysler’s claim that every line position has a backup person, what can we come to expect from the finished product? A cork screw in place of a gear shift?
So what do you think? Is imbibing during work hours a fairly common activity?

40 comments:

  1. Ha! That's rather amusing... A buddy of mine was recently laid off for drinking on the job.

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  2. did they really think this was a good idea?

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  3. oHAI! i thought this was micheal jacksons homepage!

    http://kokojesta.blogspot.com/

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  4. ehaehaeh peoplel were relaxing big time in their break :))

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  5. i drinkn all the time at work, arent i supposed to?

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  6. That image just SCREAMS "This is me giving a fuck".

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  7. yeah they kind of deserved that. its one thing when youre washing dishes at a bar or something but when youre working with machinery like that its completely retarded.

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  8. It's sad to say but they really deserved it. There are hard working americans that have been layed off that would kill to have a job. These people obviously need to be taught a lesson about their bad behavior.

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  9. it is not as common as you would expect but those people are not hard to spot..

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  10. They were a safety hazard, glad they are outta that plant, I don't want to be driving a car that some drunk threw together, + he coulda hurt himself or some1 else

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  11. I hate the current state of our economy. I hope it recovers soon.

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  12. With things like this I always have to ask how hard is it to just wait until your shift is completely over? Especially with the marijuana. It's like people have no self control anymore.

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  13. Dunno...a drink or two on lunch break honestly doesn't hurt at all. Then again I work in the restaurant industry where that's a normal thing.

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  14. Man, these guys were smoking DOPE, that's some serious shit..

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  15. Drinking in work ? ... they must be stupid ...

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  16. But. He used a brown bag? And he got caught


    this baffles me. NOT. stupid ass hat.

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  17. nice to know the bailout money is going to good beer at least

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  18. Thats messed up! Just sharing some love :p

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  19. Lol, well... most of the jobs suck. When I was working at a gas station I used to drink, smoke, fuck every day. Managers never complain about something. But I think in this case is different.

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  20. Man fuck the news. Drink all day errday!

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  21. it's sickening how stupid people can be. Yeah work sucks, but that's what you're paid to do

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  22. What a coincidence. Just today a worker for the truck shift at my job was caught with a small amount of amphetamines. I guess some people just need to be disoriented at all times.

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  23. that 2nd part was in secret code it looks like

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  24. I know a shitton of people who go to work drunk and/or drink at work. most of them are worthless, anyway

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  25. Ladies and gentlemen, your American automotive industry!

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  26. Wow... thats pretty terrible, but I mean, most of the time they're doing nothing so drinking is probably a viable option

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  27. With unemployment the way it is in Detroit, there'll be hundreds of honest, hardworking Americans who CAN act responsible on the job. It baffles the mind how stupid some people can be.

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  28. typical losers working for chrysler through an union, getting paid $20/hr to be high and drunk all day. no wonder american cars are shit!

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