Thousands of Gallons of Whisky Dumped Down the Drain in Scotland

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Bottles of Chivas Regal photographed in Shanghai, December 8, 2010.

Try explaining this to your boss: workers at a Chivas Brothers bottling plant accidentally dumped thousands of gallons of whisky into the sewer after mistaking it for waste water, the BBC reports.

The bulk whisky was discharged Tuesday during the overnight shift while workers were cleaning the equipment at the plant in Dumbarton, Scotland. Chivas Brothers, part of the Pernod Ricard beverage conglomerate, produces several brands of whisky including Ballantine, Chivas Regal and Royal Salute. It’s not clear which brand the dumped spirits were intended for, according to the Associated Press.

Chivas spokeswoman Jennifer Stevenson would not estimate how much whisky was emptied into the sewer, but noted that it was less than earlier media reports of 4,755 gallons, reports the AP.

The company also added in a statement that no whisky seeped into “the River Leven or any other water course.” Sorry, folks.

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13 comments
inrsoul
inrsoul

Chivas? It's not single malt. It's ok. No loss.

MourningCalm
MourningCalm

Hey workers, wake up and smell the alcohol!

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

Couple guys looking for new jobs; on some national data base there will be a black list for any factory workers that left Pernod in March of 2013.

glamavon
glamavon

Those fish must be pretty happy by now. 

Nazonohito
Nazonohito

Chivas whiskey or waste water? Seems a simple enough mistake to make - I'd have trouble telling the difference, too. ^_^

GarySimon
GarySimon

I always believed that blended scotch belonged in the sewer anyway.

ZeLeslie
ZeLeslie

Goddammit,  these people had ONE JOB! They should do it right. Failure, it takes many forms.

SamMack
SamMack

My alcoholic Scottish grandpa just turned in his grave.

Sea_View
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A moment of silence is called for.

Rhurazz12
Rhurazz12

Well I won't be surprised one bit if someone gets fired for this. Should've smelled the alcohol even before they dumped accidentally in the first place..