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Alcohol slightly less a norm
« on: 17/03/2009 22:51:05 »
I like watching old films, it reminds me of the differences between then and now.  One difference I always take notice of is of people always drinking. 

An example would be this:
An on-duty police officer comes by to visit someone for questions.  During the discourse the man being questioned offers the policeman a drink.  The policeman accepts.

Another example:
A business man is having a business conversation with a client.  The two sit down, have a discourse, while having drinks.  The businessman always keeps hard liquor in his office.

My question is this:  If you were to visit a client for a business discussion, and he offered you a drink, would you accept?  or would you state that it is inappropriate? 
« Last Edit: 17/03/2009 22:52:50 by MDriver1981 »


 

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« Reply #1 on: 18/03/2009 00:28:56 »
It was the norm if you were trying to make a deal. The general idea was that you gave the other person more than you had in the hope of impairing his judgment and getting better terms.

Many companies now have a strict no drink policy and employees are often breathalised on their way back from lunch. I dare say that rule does not apply in directos' offices.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 18/03/2009 09:54:02 »
I would decline and say A glass of water perhaps... Thank you..
 

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« Reply #3 on: 18/03/2009 10:03:00 »
This lot, here in Germany, are not adverse to a celebratory glass of something bubbly at any time of day. I have also been provided with schnapps, wine and nocino well before the sun has been anywhere near the yard-arm.

I generally decline though. If i drink too early, I whirr my slerds
 

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« Reply #4 on: 18/03/2009 10:44:51 »

I generally decline though. If i drink too early, I whirr my slerds

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« Reply #5 on: 18/03/2009 14:22:38 »
I wonder how much this happened really or whether it was just a Hollywood idea. I have never been offered an alcoholic drink in a business meeting although sometimes there is alcohol on offer at lunch (either inside or outside the business premises). But my experience only dates back to about 1970 and then I would never have had an invite to such meetings. I have had lots of meetings in Germany too, dentstudent, so it maybe specific to some industries.

I have colleagues in North Carolina who are not allowed (by company rules) to drink at lunchtime but it seems that it can be quite hard to get a drink anytime in some areas there. 
 

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« Reply #6 on: 18/03/2009 19:01:11 »
I see no one has been purchased a free lunch by an oil industry salesman.

I have needed to get a taxi for some of my associates after one of these lunches.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 18/03/2009 19:25:13 »
I can't drink at work because they get all cranky when you're drunk while operating machinery. What's the problem?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 18/03/2009 20:56:39 »
The drink drive laws didn't used to be so strict in the olden days so drinking at work was seen as OK. Most people going to a meeting will need to drive back so drinking is no longer the norm. I did a fair trade workshop recently and was given free samples of fair trade wine. Needless to say I didn't offer them to the teachers on my course but took them home and made better use of them.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 19/03/2009 01:24:46 »
I have never been offered an alcoholic drink in a business meeting

I certainly have. And Stuart, I know the German propensity for alcohol during working hours very well  :D
 

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