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By BadDoggie (Sat Jul 14, 2007 at 10:18:21 AM EST) Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (all tags)
I like tending bar. I like it a lot. Except when I hate it. Like tonight. Not because it's dead (it is) but because of a customer. Worse, it's someone I like. And now loathe.

A rather well-known bar here closed recently and two of the former staff live around the corner from "my" bar, coming here occasionally for drinks. With extra time on their hands they're here more often now, and fully ratted before ordering the first drink. They're Oirish and can handle their drink. They don't cause trouble, they're friendly, they tip well. Ideal guests one might think.

The girl is pregnant. About six months now. She smokes at least two packs a day and drinks herself into a stupor, these days far beyond just "completely smashed" and to the point she actually passes out, an astonishing accomplishment considering her drinking abilities.

She's Catholic. That's why there was no abortion. So instead of ripping out an unwanted kid, Germany will have yet another kid destroyed by the mother's utter lack of interest or care. Destined to be born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, her child will have a deformed head and be mentally retarded, and those aren't the worst bits. This is what her loving god commands.

If I don't serve her she'll just go to another bar. I know this because I've seen her in the nearby bars when the other staff here wouldn't serve her, in part due to her drunken state and in part due to their inability to understand a drunken Oirish order for another beer. There is no discussion about the drinking, the smoking, the pregnancy, nothing. I can only hope the excessive drinking leads to a miscarriage for both her sake and the sake of the severely deformed and retarded mess that her child is destined to become.

Even cool jobs can suck.

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Her God's a tool by Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Jul 14, 2007 at 12:01:04 PM EST
But He doesn't make her drink and smoke.

Free will and all that

But yeah, that's horrible; I can only hope that either the kid doesn't survive, or cuts the luckiest break ever and comes through unscathed. Hey, sometimes even I'm an optimist...

This is not a psychotic episode. It is a cleansing moment of clarity.

Licensing law? by Alan Crowe (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Jul 14, 2007 at 12:13:49 PM EST

I thought that the law forbids serving drunks. I realise that I'm being naive because I'm tee-total and it is only rarely that I get dragged into pubs.

Where do those really drunk people come from? Obviously from bars where the bar tenders keep serving. But it still rankles with me that there is a prefectly sensible law and an unwritten repeal.

If they don't drink in a bar by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Jul 14, 2007 at 12:25:29 PM EST
They drink at home. And they drink more. And faster. And normal shops are under no restriction from selling bottles of alcohol to clearly drunk people. At least in this bar they'll get some water or tea or something in between, especially when I'm here since I often give them that for free. Every so often they actually order real food.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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Woah. by Herring (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 08:48:30 AM EST
I have witnessed a similar but not religion inspired scenario. TFB* who I used to work for/with in Nottinghamshire had a wife. He wanted kids, she didn't (already had 3 from a previous marriage). She knew that he was desperate for kids**. In the 2 years I was there, she got pregnant 3 times. Each time she would immediately start drinking and smoking (mostly behind TFB's back but in front of us). Once she went to 8 months before losing the baby. She also exhibited other symptoms of Evil Bitch Syndrome as well.

*That Fat Bastard
**Recently I found out that he was convicted of multiple counts of rape of a 15 year old girl. So he really likes children.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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