Oops! Workers flush nearly 5,000 gallons of whisky

Employees at Chivas Brothers accidentally drained massive amounts of product into the sewers one night.

By Kim Peterson Mar 1, 2013 3:27PM
File photo of scotch whisky barrels (Mark Connelly/E+/Getty Images)A routine nighttime cleaning at the Chivas Brothers bottling plant turned into an expensive mistake that may cost workers their jobs.

Employees reportedly poured 18,000 liters, or about 4,755 gallons, of scotch into the sewer system in Dumbarton, Scotland. "It was like someone turned on a tap and it just ran straight down the plughole," one insider told The Sun.

Chivas Brothers makes the Chivas Regal and Ballantine's brand and employs about 600 workers at the site.

It all took place during a normal equipment cleaning during the night shift. The workers were supposed to drain the cleaning water, but they flushed out the good stuff instead -- about $750,000 dollars' worth. Even worse, no one noticed the flub until 11 a.m.

It took sewer workers very little time to smell that much scotch coming into the system. The workers reported the smell, the BBC News reports.

Losing $750,000 on the job doesn't go over well with the bosses, either. Management is "livid," the Sun's insider said. "The guys responsible will be lucky to keep their jobs."

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Mar 1, 2013 5:11PM
Dumbarton is a very fitting name for this town!!!
Mar 2, 2013 8:56PM
Right about now,  there are a lot of fish doing some 'splainin' to their wives about where they've been.
Mar 2, 2013 1:14PM
Now they shall gather at the sewer pipe.
Mar 1, 2013 5:23PM
I hope noone at The Macallan plant gets this stupid!
Mar 1, 2013 4:31PM
Mar 2, 2013 2:41PM

Yeah, I was worried about the sewer workers, rats and the fish downstream..How did they fare..??


Also wondered about the Chivas family being related to the Barton family...The Barton's being the Dumber relatives...We all have them...Yes, a fitting name for the Town..


"NewPolicyoldPolicy"....I thought the only 3rd. generations of Carrie Nation lived at my house..?

I was WRONG....You are a fitting example also...And must be married relation ??


Remember, the Indians gave the Euro-trash Tobacco, they gave us Whiskey in exchange.

Mar 2, 2013 3:06AM
guess these workers don't like their jobs.
Mar 1, 2013 5:17PM
all booze should be flushed until people can show they can drink and act with some freaking common sense...alcohol is a HUGE problem in a lot of counties...it needs to be done with and if people need it so badly they can do what they did back when it was illegal and maybe then we seperate out the true alcoholics and capitalist and they will drink themselves to death and the others serve out life sentences in prison
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