SUBSCRIBE: Newsletter

Human Resources

Toggle

Article

Businessman enjoying a beer

Employee fired for drinking a beer in front of the boss

Human Resources magazine and the HR Bulletin daily email newsletter:
Asia's only regional HR print and digital media brand.
Register for your FREE subscription now »

A worker was fired less than a week into his new job for cracking open a cold one right in front of the boss.

In a post on Hong Kong Discussion Forum, a netizen shared the account of how a co-worker lost his job over a beer.  The newcomer, who the netizen described as hard working and willing to learn, returned from lunch with an unopened can of beer in his hand.

The boss saw him and reminded him not to consume alcohol during office hours.  The colleague was a little drunk; he talked back and said “I am thirsty!  Why can’t I drink it?”

Other co-workers tried to calm him down by asking him to stop the nonsense and drink some water if he was thirsty, but without success.  The employee cracked open the can and drank it with the boss watching.

As expected, the boss dismissed him immediately.

The staff member insisted he had done nothing wrong when he was collecting his final pay check from HR.  He argued that there are no written regulations on banning alcohol from the workplace and said that he will complain to the labour department for unfair dismissal.

He might have a point, but like every working class member in Hong Kong, he should have known by now that “You always agree with your boss“.

ALSO READ:  Trainee fired for refusing to change her name

Photo/ 123RF



Human Resources Online is heading to Bangkok with the Accelerate HR conference on November 26-27.
HR leaders from Agoda, DKSH, Fonterra, FWD, Kasikornbank, Minor Food, Nissan Motor and more have already confirmed to speak.
Bring your team for additional group discounts.

Read More News

in All markets by

What not to say in a job ad

If you find yourself wishing you'd get more responses to your job postings, pay close attention to the words you use...

Trending

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.