100-beers a day waiter wins unfair dismissal case

Aug 24 2004 by Brian Amble Print This Article

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.