100-beers a day waiter wins unfair dismissal case

2004

It's not just UK employment tribunals who come up with some strange decisions.

A German waiter who was sacked for drinking up to 100 bottles of beer every day has won a case for unfair dismissal despite the fact that that his boss had repeatedly warned him not to drink at work.

The 50-year-old from Cologne admitted that he drank up to 100 bottles of free beer a day (!!) with friends while working at the pub.

The man told an industrial tribunal that losing his job had been devastating – as we suppose it would be. The tribunal then awarded him €3,000 (£2,000) and three months' salary, saying that working in the pub had been his 'dream' job! (Bettered only by chief beer taster for a brewery, we'd imagine).

Pub owner Rene Sion said he couldn't understand why the court had been so lenient with the waiter.

We simply can't understand how he ever managed to work at all.

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