In UK-employees who have a drink on their lunch hour will be fired

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5 September, 2007

By Pete Robinson

The 'war' against pubs by officialdom continues to gather pace.

Health and safety zealots at the Welsh Assembly are banning thousands of civil servants from lunchtime pub visits, even for a swift half or a glass of wine with their lunch, stipulating they do not want the safety of non-drinkers to be

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I've never worked anywhere that found it acceptable to drink alcohol on your lunch break, so this doesn't sound like news to me.

You're kidding, right? If one of my employees came back from their lunch hour smelling like alcohol, they'd be out the door.

Many a business deal has been concluded over lunch replete with cocktails or wine...maybe it's just one of the perks of the executive suite!
True that but your average joe puttin in a shift at Jeep or likely even the receptionist for that exec would be SoL if they got busted drinking on their lunch break I'd bet.

Next thing you know "The Man" won't let me coke up and get behind my big rig.

...used to be a hangout for postal workers during lunch. After 9/11 it was decided that a terrorist could come through the back gate, throw a satchel charge, and get out again with little trouble. Now they have to come in the side gate, and it takes a little longer to get out since it is a cul-de-sac.

They permanently locked the gate much to the sadness of many postal workers. Instead of a two minute run to the bar it became more like 5 minutes, and employees had to stay sober after lunch.

Of course the rule has always been you must be sober to work safely, but people will break the rules. I remember one young woman who took an extra hour's leave for an hour-and-a-half "lunch". She returned late, and hurried to catch up. She relieved me on the loading dock, and started to work. She pulled a bulk mail container over her ankle, and broke it. She was off work until it healed, and we were short an employee. No one required she take a breathalyzer test so she wasn't disciplined.

Old South End Broadway

No kidding.

Actually, every company I've ever worked for had it specifically spelled out in the employee handbook that consumption of alcohol during work hours (even if on your lunch break) would be considered grounds for termination.

There were stressful days where it was tempting to order a glass of wine with lunch...lol...but it wasn't worth the risk that some higher up would walk into the restaurant right as I was about to take a big sip.

I forgot-there are many here who adore this kind of thing-letting others control you so you don't have to think. We're talking about perhaps ONE drink, for Christ's sake. But then, I hardly drink at all any more, so I guess I don't actually care what happens to drinkers either.

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I'm sure there are certain situations were you can drink with your clients. I'd be all for it, if it allowed to to seal the deal. Especially if you're in sales, or upper-management or that type of thing. I have friends in sales that entertain clients from out of town. But ususally it's in the evening and not during the typical 9-5 hours. I guess I'm thinking more along the lines of an employee drinking, and then coming back to the office. I don't think that is acceptable.

MikeyA

MikeyA

Which job have you had Dark that it was acceptable to go out and have a drink on your lunch break?
Not a job where people did so and just didn't get caught but a job was you were specifically told that it was ok-fine to toss one back on your lunch break? Or any break for that matter?

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Which job have you had Dark that it was acceptable to go out and have a drink on your lunch break?
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MANY OF THEM. Both 'white-collar' AND 'blue-collar.'

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BRING THE TROOPS HOME-NOW!

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"They keep talking about drafting a constitution for Iraq.Why don't we give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, and we're not using it any more".

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

Many a business deal has been concluded over lunch replete with cocktails or wine...maybe it's just one of the perks of the executive suite! Perhaps not three given the oversized glasses that are in vogue these days, but....

"The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful and a snootful at the same time?" -- President Gerald Ford

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