Post # 1
So, here’s the latest:
Today, my company had a Fall Picnic that we have every year. There’s a fairly new employee (lets call him John) who attended the picnic. At the picnic, people can BYOB and most employees bring beer. Keep in mind, this picnic started early (11am). Well, John rolls up to the picnic completely wasted-he drove. He was stumbling, slurring his words…..in a total blackout. He must have been drinking since the early morning hours I mean this guy was hammered. A few hours pass and he’s continuing to knock them back (our manager was doing nothing FYI). Well, finally things are drawing to a close, I would say around 3…and John tries to drive home. I insist that John give me his keys and I will drive him home (we live close to one another) and he refuses. I tell him if he does not ride with me, I will call the police because he is drunk driving. After what seemed like forever, he gets in my car and we head home. I get him home, get him inside with no problems and go home. However, now that I am thinking about it….OUR manager should have been the one to stop this. John is clearly an alcoholic (he has shown up drunk to work before). Everyoneee was talking about his behavior at the picnic. And our manager just let it happen! If I had not been there to stop him, everyone else would have just let him go. Should I say something to my boss about this? Not only this, but like I said, John has showed up drunk to work before and my boss does not say or do anything.
Post # 2
Or should I send my boss an email about it?
Post # 3
sweetiemermaid : i would speak to your boss in person
Post # 4
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Get in early tomorrow morning, before John. Talk to your boss in private and casually “remind” him/her that you had to drive John home yesterday because of his drinking, and you are concerned.
They should be able to handle the rest. It’s illegal to show up to work drunk, not to mention DRIVE!
Post # 5
Maybe John needs to be caught drunk driving to give him a wake up call.
Post # 6
The employer has obviously forgotten that they have a huge liability issue if they let someone drive after a work sponsored event where alcohol is consumed. I would speak directly to your boss to suggest that alternate plans be made for next year to protect the company from such risk: shuttles, gift cards or codes for taxis or Uber.
You did a good thing, but you also put yourself at risk being alone with a drunk both in your car and in his home.
Post # 7
lifeisbeeutiful : I definitely agree he needs a wake up call, but him getting “caught drunk driving” next time could be after he’s killed someone or himself from this behavior. I think it needs to be addressed far before he gets behind the wheel after drinking again.
OP, definitely have a conversation with your boss. The company could be liable for him driving home after a work sponsored event with alcohol, not to mention he;s shown up drunk to work… he clearly needs a lot of help, and that may have to start with disciplinary action from work.
Post # 8
It was a work function. Your company would be liable for allowing him to drive home drunk, if he did. By law, at least where I’m from, the company is responsible for getting him a cab or providing safe transportation.
I would not say anything nor get involved. They witnessed it.
Post # 9
sweetiemermaid : Speak to your boss in person. The boss should have dealt with it immediately and sent John home. Well done for making sure he didn’t drink drive home.