HR Strange But True!
March 31, 2011

In a recent HRSBT column, we wrote about employers who not only allow beer on company premises, but provide it! However, if your organization doesn’t fall into this category, it’s probably not a smart move to bring beer into work.

HR managers are no strangers to odd interviews or amusing applications. One SBT reader shared their own experience of an applicant whose love of beer got him fired.

On an application, under the section for “reason for leaving your last job,” the employee wrote:

Brought two beers to work and got fired for it. Wasn't going to actually DRINK the beers at work. Was saving them for AFTER work.

The employee stashed his refreshments in the break room refrigerator, which were quickly discovered.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about an employee being canned over beer. Take the case of an employee who was allegedly fired after a picture of the employee holding a Bud Light was published in the local newspaper. While the employee wasn’t drinking during working hours, he was drinking the ‘wrong beer.’ Did we mention he worked for a supplier of Miller Brewing Co. products?

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