A couple of the big road maintenance contractors here in Washington are currently finding themselves with a bit of unwanted attention, after a Seattle news station got some hidden camera video of the guys bringing in half-racks and drinking some liquid bread for lunch.
Quit drinking beer on job, Highway 520 builders told
Is it dumb to be caught drinking beer during your lunch hour when your company is earning a 587 MILLION dollar contract from the State? Yeah.
Is it dumb to drink some beer at lunch, and then go operate heavy machinery? Well, yeah....
Am I all kinds of outraged?
Well...I'm trying to be, but I'm having a hard time getting there.
Back when my submarine was getting built at Electric Boat, I heard many (unconfirmed) stories of how lunch used to work during there in the 70's and 80's. Across the street in front of EB there are 3 or 4 pubs. It used to be, half an hour before lunch time, they would start lining up beer mugs, shots(and sandwich's). When the whistle blew, everyone would run across the street, have a brew and a shot or two with a sandwich, and head back to finish the day.
A lot of submarines were built in that time, and a lot of sailors went to sea and made it back safe again on those boats.
Heck...even during my time, we found the occasional empty plastic traveler pint bottle in the bilge during field day...I made it out and back.
Does that make it okay? No, I suppose not, because we aren't in the 70's or 80's anymore(more's the pity).
That doesn't mean I don't wish it was okay...with not being able to drink beer at home, a pint or two at work might make the afternoon a little more pleasant.