Video: Drinking and Drugging on the Job

By Dirk Hanson 07/14/11

A TV news crew, acting on numerous tips, found that Detroit auto workers are still taking some serious lunch breaks.

About a year ago, employees at Chrysler’s Jefferson North Plant in Detroit were caught on video in an embarrasing way: They were drinking on the job. More specifically, drinking and drugging during their lunch breaks, in cars and at a nearby park. Chrysler fired 13 workers, and that was that. Except that exactly the same behavior was documented by a news crew for FOX 2 Detroit, at Chrysler's Trenton Engine Plant. Scott Garberding, the automaker's Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, said that he was "both hurt and angered" over the video. “It's very frustrating to us, we take it very seriously."

Chrysler Auto Workers in Trenton Caught Smoking and Drinking During Lunch Breaks:

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Dirk Hanson, MA, is a freelance science writer and the author of The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction. He is also the author of The New Alchemists: Silicon Valley and the Microelectronics Revolution. He has worked as a business and science reporter for numerous magazines and trade publications including Wired, Scientific American, The Dana Foundation and more. He currently edits the Addiction Inbox blog. Email: [email protected]