Post # 1
Hi all! I know the question in the title might seem weird, but I’m genuinely curious.. if you were leaving your job, would you take a shot of alcohol on your last day as a “celebration” of sorts?
I’m going to be moving to another town where it would be too far for me to commute, and I don’t have another job lined up as of yet. I want to focus on getting everything unpacked and set up in the new house first and get to know the area a little better. I was talking with a group of my girlfriends the other day about how my last day of work is approaching, and one of them suggested I should drink at work that day. Not get like, drunk or anything, but maybe bring a little nip in and drink it. She said she’s done that with every job she’s ever left and it’s kind of like her little tradition. The other girls chimed in and said it sounds like it could be fun to “get away” with something like that on my final day, and it’s not like they can fire me at that point anyway and what are the odds that they’re going to do a random drug and alcohol test on me on my very last day?
After thinking about it, I do think it could be something fun just to lighten everything up a bit and celebrate my last day with the company (I don’t exactly love this job), but my paranoia is getting the better of me because I keep thinking “what if they DO order a random drug/alcohol test on me?” I know that’s highly unlikely, and if they came in wanting me and I gave a positive alcohol test, I’m not sure what kind of action can be taken by the time they get the results anyway. I also do not drink and drive, so if I did do a shot, it would be probably around lunchtime so it has time to leave my system before I go home.
If I do this, I’m limiting it to 1 shot or little nip bottle. I would most likely go into the bathroom and drink it quick in there and then continue to work. What are your thoughts? Think I should have a little fun and go for it? Or would it be too risky?
Post # 2
I wouldnt do anything that could leave a bad impression on my last day (you may need them for a reference in the future). I would have a drink on my lunchbreak but I wouldnt drink in the actual workplace itself, its just not worth the risk to me. I highly doubt they would test you but if word got out it could look unprofessional and risk ruining any reputation you had up to that point.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t like, bring a bottle with me and drink it. That is very weird to me lol.
The only time I’ve drank at work was around xmas when they give baileys to have with coffee (responsibly) lol.
Post # 4
At my office, we occassionally do team lunches where people will order one drink. Ususally these would be on a Friday for some team event, like if someone is joining the team or we’re celebrating something. We also usually will organize some kind of going away party for a team member that is leaving that might include drinks. However, just drinking because you feel like it at your desk would be weird.
Post # 5
Aside from the obvious professional implications that drinking on the job could have, why on earth would would you want to do it in the way you described? Going out for drinks or lunch with coworkers to celebrate your last day is fun. Gathering around a desk with all your work buds at the end of the day to pour a round of shots might be fine. Sneaking off to the stalls mid-day to privately down a shot over the toilet is just kinda cringey and sad.
Post # 6
I’ve been handed glasses of straight whiskey by coworkers at like 3pm on a Wednesday before, so I think this is really workplace specific.
Post # 7
Kate127 : yeah that’s a good point. I guess even if they can’t technically fire me, they could report that I was drinking on my last day to a potential new employer. The lunch thing is a good idea though. We’re not paid through lunch, so if I leave and come back (and then sneak a quick drink), if I do get caught, I can say I ran into a friend on lunch and they bought me a drink to celebrate my last day.
jellybellynelly : if i bring a bottle, it’s going to be one of those mini ones that have the equivalent of 1 shot in there lol. The main reason I even thought of doing this (besides my conversation with my friends), is because I had some in a baggie in my purse from the weekend. When my friends and I get together, instead of everyone bringing big bottles of alcohol that end up sitting in our cabinets for months, we usually bring the tiny shot sized ones to mix drinks with if we have a night in where we eat and drink. When i cleaned out my purse, i saw them and thought “hmm it would be really easy to sneak one of these into work” lol. I really like the baileys idea. I can put some in my coffee in the morning and then just not drink it until i get to work. This way there’s not a lot of alcohol in it, and i would be done with it long before my day is over.
Post # 8
Sorry, I said yes and after actually reading your thread (I just skimmed it first) I would change my answer.
I have had shots or a “toast” at work with my co workers (with our boss’s approval) and have enjoyed some light alcohol with everyone. I wouldn’t hide away in the bathroom and down a shot. Seems pointless to me without having other people celebrate with me.
If you are going to be paranoid and not even really be able to enjoy it. I wouldn’t bother, seems silly to me.
Post # 9
No, I’d never do something unprofessional on my last day of work, assuming I’d ever want a reference from that company. If you want to have a drink with your coworkers, go to a bar after the workday has ended.
Post # 11
Your friend sounds super unprofessional.
Post # 12
As another PP mentioned, it’s workplace specific. I’ve had drinks offered at 11 AM and my fair share of liquid lunches. I’ve also had a boss who would challenge me to shots before our recap meetings and one place I worked had a bar and beer fridge. In those cultures, I would push the envelope when I left by instigating a drink an hour or two early but I would never drink in any of those cultures if I had to sneak it. If you have to sneak it, it’s not a good idea IMO. In my current job, drinking is very taboo, we had a going away lunch and the person leaving ordered a beer and was the only one to do so – it was super awkward.
Post # 13
pbubs : while we do get a lunch, we only get a half hour, so going out for lunch isn’t really going to work. I have gone out to pick something up quick and then come back, but by the time I go and come back, I usually end up eating at my desk because I only have about 5-10 minutes left depending on where I went to pick up food. I guess it’s more about the celebration for me. I could go out with friends after the work day is over to celebrate, but it just seems so “naughty” to slip a shot in during the work day.
Also, just to add to my OP, I work in an office and don’t interact with customers or anything. The only people who would even see me are my coworkers, and they’re all the party type, so I know they wouldn’t say anything if they happened to smell it on my breath. Although, for just one shot, I’m not sure how much would linger.
I really wish my work atmosphere was like some of you describe yours to be.. your bosses being ok with a shot of whiskey or whatever it is every once in a while. My work has a strict no alcohol policy, but in all the years I’ve worked there (almost 5), they have yet to do a random drug and alcohol screening.
After reading some replies, I don’t really think I would enjoy it because I’d probably be worried about getting caught. I may still put some baileys in my coffee in the morning and wait until I get to work to drink it. It’s light enough and I won’t exacrly get a buzz or anything from it, so that will probably be a good happy medium.
Post # 14
I voted before I read your post. I voted Yes, haha. I wish there was a “It depends” situation.
In what you are describing, I would like to change my answer to No. I read the title and was thinking like take a shot as in a last little celebration with co-workers at the end of the day or something, not actually drink during the day. If I were close to my co-workers and I was at my last job, I totally would’ve done it, they even joked about taking a shot with me on my 21st birthday.
Ultimately it is up to however comfortable you feel and your mood. In all honesty, if you bought one of the airplane size shots (I never remember what the hell they are called officially) and slipped in it your daily drink cup (like a Yeti tumbler or just any plastic cup you drink from) who is really going to know? I would not just outright take a shot or be like openly drinking the booze out in the work area, conceal it so no one other than your close coworkers know about it.
Post # 15
Horseradish : for what it’s worth, her jobs aren’t exactly considered “professional” in the business world sense. Her first job, she was a cashier at a local pizza shop, so doing a shot on her last day was no biggie. Her next job that she was at for years was a server/bartender at a restaurant, again not a huge deal, and her third was a teller at a bank, which was a little more of a professional atmosphere, but she said it was super easy to sneak off and grab a shot. Now she is a social worker, so if she ever leaves, she may not do her traditional “last day of work shot” during the work day lol.
I work on a computer all day, so I don’t really think my work would be all that affected if i did decide to go with a shot, although I’m thinking baileys in my coffee is probably a better idea.