Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of a Pint

12 Apr

This one goes out to the unsung heroes at the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen, Denmark, whose valiant strike just ended last Friday.  These bad ass freedom fighters walked out for two days after the company changed it’s policy on drinking beer at work.

Instead of being able to drink free beer all day from coolers throughout the facility, workers were actually expected to limit themselves to three beers a day, and drink only in the canteen.  I guess that’s Danish for the cafeteria.  Whatever. The result is the same. Oppression.

Lucky for the rest of us, the brave men and women of Carlsberg Brewery didn’t even hesitate.  They took action, fighting for what they believed was “a violation of their human rights,” according to Jens Bekke, spokesperson for the brewery, in an interview with Marco Werman on PRI’s The World.   Right on, Chucky.

Ultimately, the man was victorious, and workers were forced to accept the insufferable terms of limited free beer at work.

It’s a grievous loss, felt by working drinkers all over the world.  But never forget, as you’re suffering through another soul-stealing, dream-crushing day in the office, just wishing for a cold one to numb the pain, somewhere in the world the indomitable spirit lives on; somewhere out there rebels just might be taking a stand so you, too, can someday do jello shooters at (or on) the file cabinet.

So here’s to you, Mr. Brewery Worker Man, for not backing down in the face of unrelenting tyranny (at least for two days), for not simply accepting those three token beers with a smile (free everyday) and for listening to the wisdom of the Beastie Boys and fighting for our right to party (especially at work).

Don’t believe me?  You can’t make this stuff up.  Carlsberg workers strike over beer drinking limit at work –


2 Responses to “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of a Pint”

  1. dadshouse April 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    I wonder if the man tapped a keg after this “victory” over the oppressed. And I ask – who will know, truly know, that the beer being produced is perfect if no one in the factory can drink it?

  2. thefoolschair April 13, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    It’s a valid point. Only by drinking copious amounts of the beer in question could we ever hope to know. Let’s get to work!!

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