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ChairOfTheBored Tue 19-Jul-11 19:16:26

OK, so on Friday there was a works drinks do, at which I think I may have been a little tipsy (by which, of I course, I mean I was properly squiffy). Being a work do, I fear there may have been drunken ranting at senior types, and other associated silliness.

Now, hopefully nothing hugely career limiting, but I have a very low shame threshold, and I am simply mortified by the prospect of seeing people again, and 'the fear' is that this could affect my professional standing.

So, my question is this - please can you cheer me up with other tales of work place woe, and tell me everything will be OK?

Thanks in advance.

Flisspaps Tue 19-Jul-11 19:19:48

This isn't workplace woe, but today I have cut DD a very wonky fringe and she has fallen off the bed and banged her head and scraped her face on the way down and appears to have a black eye sad

AtYourCervix Tue 19-Jul-11 19:21:09

not workplace but my headmaster once overheard me calling him a fascist bastard.

TheMonster Tue 19-Jul-11 19:21:22

Chairof, chances are everyone else was just a drunk so don't panic!

ChairOfTheBored Tue 19-Jul-11 19:21:52

Oh goodness Flisspaps is she OK?

My Mum once cut my fringe - mercifully hair grows back!

ChairOfTheBored Tue 19-Jul-11 19:23:15

Eeyore I really hope so, but I have 'The Fear'... sigh. I thought I'd left this behind with my 20s.

Seems like now the only difference is it doesn't take as much to get me there... I'm an idiot.

Andrewofgg Tue 19-Jul-11 19:25:40

Just as long as there wasn't a designated driver (or a self-righteous teetotaller) with a tape-recorder memory you are probably all right grin

mrsnesbit Tue 19-Jul-11 19:25:56

Oh yes, while drunk i told one of the senior Doctors that i work with that...and i quote:

"You make me feel physically sick with nerves when i see you walking in the doors because you are such a bastard"

That was 15 years ago, i have NEVER been on another works do since such was my wishing to die a thousand deaths following these words spilling out.

FlubbaBubba Tue 19-Jul-11 19:26:14

I once forced a very senior member of staff (when I was a mere but very pissed fledgling) onto the dance floor to boogy with me blush and then just giggled like a sad pissartist at the fact he was so begrudgingly on the dance floor grin

ButWhyIsTheGinGone Tue 19-Jul-11 19:33:54

I am SO glad someone else gets "the fear!" I used to wake up worrying how much I'd spent - now its "oh fuck, what did I do?" You have my utter sympathy regarding the low shame threshold.

I unfortunately live in the town where I teach. A small town. Last year on a night out I bumped into one of my pupil's mums. After several minutes of slurred rubbish about the shitness of our town I apologised for not being able to string a coherent sentence together, clapped her on the back and staggered off.

Thank GOD and all his pals that she was a nice lady!!!! (Read - fellow alky!)

ButWhyIsTheGinGone Tue 19-Jul-11 19:35:02

Oh, and Chair - IME when you've done something REALLY bad you tend to know it straight away - other than that you just tend to torture yourself for the sake of it.

ChairOfTheBored Tue 19-Jul-11 19:39:01

Thank you! These are all helping me smile a bit more, and the knowledge I am not alone in my shame will ease it a little. The the Lord I am on leave in a few weeks, so can avoid people more easily!

Flisspaps Tue 19-Jul-11 19:39:16

Chair She seems fine, although DH is incredibly concerned that the wonky fringe will scar her for life wink

In all seriousness, we have kept a very close eye on her this evening though. She's 17mo and was playing bouncing on the bed (favourite new game, Mummy sitting next to her), lay down for a minute nice and quietly, then just rolled ever so gently off the bed with a thump sad The bump on her head came outwards and the fall was less than her height - she was recovered sufficiently quickly to spot an open box of chocolate fingers and help herself to them grin

And I still get The Fear when I've not had a drink, don't worry - it's probably not as bad as you think!

Quenelle Tue 19-Jul-11 19:39:52

A colleague of mine used to end up at every works do pleading to the boss 'Why won't you sleeeep with meee?!!'

Quenelle Tue 19-Jul-11 19:39:52

A colleague of mine used to end up at every works do pleading to the boss 'Why won't you sleeeep with meee?!!'

purplepidjincantatem Tue 19-Jul-11 19:41:19

I'm a youth worker in a different town to the one I live and drink in. However, I work on a particular project and the young people come from quite a wide area. I have been known to stagger encounter young people at gigs in my local when pissed as a fart I've had a couple of glasses of wine.

Luckily they (and the parents) find it funny, I'm both a light weight and an amiable drunk, and it really has been about twice over the last three years, but I do have "the fear" that one day some higher-up bureaucratic wanker will find out and fire me shock

Onemorning Tue 19-Jul-11 19:43:56

When I was young'un I got pissed at a work do and ended up snogging one of the other temps, in front of all my colleagues. The next day I had to put up with my boss being bitchy all day as she fancied him.

superv1xen Tue 19-Jul-11 19:43:58

oh i have no end of workplace woes blush

this is why i am now self employed, i can't do working for or with other people, it doesn't work

the worst was probably when i worked at british gas a utility provider when i was about 22, didn't know our calls were being recorded and called a customer (who was being horrible to me) a cunt, and disconnected her. grin

a few hours later, i was hauled into my bosses office and the offending call was then played to me in front of several managers and i was politely asked to leave the premises. with immediate effect. blush

ButWhyIsTheGinGone Tue 19-Jul-11 19:45:59

Tee hee - Quenelle - when you say "a colleague" you really mean you, don;t you? :-) (Only joking!)

Purple - I worry about that too, but have got my response about my being a human being....not like I'm doing drugs.....etc, etc, off by heart!

superv1xen Tue 19-Jul-11 19:47:37

oh and once, at the SAME workplace, i had been dating shagging one of the managers and we spent a whole day exchanging filthy saucy emails and my boss noticed what i was doing and he got IT to log into my emails, printed them all off and showed them to me blush

luckily we got on well so he found it funny grin was mortifying tho'

ChairOfTheBored Tue 19-Jul-11 19:49:51

This is excellent. I know I didn't kiss or otherwise sexually encounter anyone, so things could be much worse.

Will paint on brave face tomorrow, and appear unashamed. I just hope they were all equally merry.

purplepidjincantatem Tue 19-Jul-11 19:55:39

heehee, WhyistheGinGone, I'm off on a week's residential abroad with them in just over a week and I'm doing my swede in - boss who is also going is a teetotaller and expecting me not to drink!!!!!

itisnearlysummer Tue 19-Jul-11 19:55:50

I also get the fear. Don't really drink much anymore because...

When I was younger my workplace woe was having drunken sex with my boss on my mum's living room floor after a works do.

<the shame>

I think I should probably have seen it coming. He'd dropped hints about fancying me over the previous weeks and I'd been oblivious to it.

Knew exactly what I was doing at the time though, so no excuse.

Didn't torture myself over that one. But nowadays I lie awake replaying every conversation, considering every expression and glance to try and work out if I have made a complete tit of myself or not.

I tend to think I probably don't..... <fingers crossed>

NotADudeExactly Tue 19-Jul-11 19:55:55

Not exactly at my place of work or during working hours, but:

The only time I ever kissed another woman - in a way which I reckon must have looked pretty intense and passionate - was in a pub while I was really drunk. Naturally this had to be the moment my sleazy boss walked into the very same pub! I think I starred in his porn inspired fantasies for a long time after that if his comments are anything to go by. My happiest work experience ever was when that guy resigned.

jazzchickens Tue 19-Jul-11 20:57:48

Oh dear! In the past I have hugged the Director and kissed him on the lips to say goodbye (he really didn't have a clue who I was).

I also have a tendency to pin senior management into a corner whilst I tell them all the ways they can improve things. Usually starting sentences with "And anuvver fing......."

I don't drink on work occasions anymore blush

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