We’ve all been there.
Everyone’s had one of those nights where they overdid the free cab-sav at a work function, right?
I mean, who hasn’t ended up drunkenly dancing an unco version of the Nutbush, tearfully declaring their love for their colleagues and then even more tearfully throwing up on the shoes of said colleagues at some point? (Or maybe that’s just me…)
But no matter how awkward your drunken work events have been, they’ve got nothing on what happened to this poor Qatar Airways stewardess.
The airline’s vice president Rossen Dimitrov sent this email and picture to the entire company after a staff drinking session left one female employee passed out on the floor in front of her accommodation.
According to the Daily Star, Mr Dimitrov wrote:
I am so ashamed and disturbed by this behaviour displayed by a tenured member of our team, an adult who has been with the company for over 9 years. How can we change rules when we do not behave as mature individuals. I am very disappointed.
The company is based in Qatar, a Muslim country which does not allow its citizens to consume alcohol.
While foreigners are allowed to drink alcohol, drunkenness is considered disrespectful.
As a result, the airline has strict rules for its employees – but Mr Dimitrov has also been heavily criticised for his decision to publicly identify and shame the intoxicated woman.
A spokesperson told MailOnline Travel that the email was meant to remind staff to respect the country’s values.
The email was sent to impress on our cabin crew that, to make their working environment as good as it can be, while still respecting the norms and values of the Qatari society in which we work, everyone has a part to play. In Doha, the consumption of alcohol is not permitted for nationals and, although drinking is permitted for foreigners, being seen to be drunk would be considered highly disrespectful – it would have negative implications for both the individual and those associated with them. The vast majority of our cabin crew would themselves be disappointed at the idea that one of their colleagues should get into this situation, since they share our pride in the reputation of our team, and they would also, as we are, be very concerned about the safety implications for someone in this position.
And you thought you were having a bad day at work…