By AwkwardWaitress - 20/03/2011 23:29 - United Kingdom

Today, while serving drinks at work to a group of people getting tipsy on wine, I joked about it being obvious who the designated driver was to the only gentleman who'd been religiously sticking to coke all night. He coldly informed me that he was a recovering alcoholic. FML
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While I agree that you need to be careful how you joke with customers, in this context I don't find OP's comment that uncalled for.. It is normal to try to build up a good rapport with customers, because they are more likely to come back, and in a casual bar/restaurant this would be pretty common. Also you wouldn't really expect a recovering alcoholic to surround himself with people drinking a lot of wine. If it was that big of a deal for him why is he putting himself in that situation to begin with? Regardless, don't worry about it OP, this shit happens and the world needs to lighten up a bit :P

Oh well, you didn't know.

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Especially at work.

While I agree that you need to be careful how you joke with customers, in this context I don't find OP's comment that uncalled for.. It is normal to try to build up a good rapport with customers, because they are more likely to come back, and in a casual bar/restaurant this would be pretty common. Also you wouldn't really expect a recovering alcoholic to surround himself with people drinking a lot of wine. If it was that big of a deal for him why is he putting himself in that situation to begin with? Regardless, don't worry about it OP, this shit happens and the world needs to lighten up a bit :P

Screw him, a joke is a joke. you can sensor yourself everywhere. a waitress/waiter is suppose to be friendly with customers. By your stupid female "logic" (if that's what you want to call "it"), customers would never be talked to, meaning there orders would never be taken. A joke is just that, a joke. Stop raising little weak people. Thats why humanity is becoming pitiful. People are always going to be offended no matter what. Get over it and live life!

Recovering alcoholics and pregnant girlfriends are designated drivers. He's just a dick about it from the stress of being around that group all night.

Why does it matter that #1 is a woman, skulluks? I think it's funny how you said 'By your stupid female "logic"' when clearly, you have no idea what 'logic' is. She said that you shouldn't joke like that with strangers, she didn't say anything about not talking with them at all. Now, if you were talking to Happygofucky, you're crazier than I thought, 'cause not only do you have no logic, you lack reading comprehension as well.

I dint see anything wrong with OP's comment. He was just joking and the comment wasn't even bad/rude. If anything the guy should be proud that he's stayed sober..

Ikr WTF is his fault he is in the bar.. he makes it oviouse he can't drink .. so why is he in a bar if it's not to drive back home.. he is a dick

I second that 102, if I were the recovering alcoholic I would be proud to be the designated driver and to have someone notice.

Its called making conversation.

never say something that is not necessary.

^that was not necessary.

don't worry about it op. If he couldn't control his addiction there is no need to take it out on you

^that was super not necessary :D :D

I'm not necessarily going to cry now :-p

^ that whole thing is necessary

The world would be a very quiet place if people never said anything that wasn't necessary..

what does GTFL stand for? Gym Tan Fucking Laundry?

YDI for being a waiter.

Oh well, you didn't know.

I was going to say this until I saw it was already done by 6 so I'll just umm support this comment, yea.

Eh, I probably would've done the same thing OP. I usually end up getting coke when I'm DD-ing haha

yea I guess it's okay to watch others have all the fun sometime right? hah

He deserves it. He shouldn't have gone that far as to become an alcoholic in the first place. People should learn to limit their drinking.

By "he" I mean the guy drinking coke.

Alcoholism is a disease. All it can take is one drink to set it off. Don't be a righteous jerk. You don't know his story. At least he's trying to overcome his problem, that says a lot. Alcohol is physically addictive, so it's incredibly hard, even painful, for some people to quit- It says a lot of good things about his character, especially if it has been a while.

Hahahaha alcoholism is a disease? Please don't start with that. It's a choice not a disease. When was the last time you heard a doctor say I am sorry your son/daughter was born with alcoholism? It's a stupid life choice that people who don't drink responsibly make. If anyone else thinks it's a disease then let's start calling everything that is addicting a disease.

...do you really think the definition of a disease is: 'something you are born with'? Do you really think alcoholism is a choice? The flu is a disease, anorexia is a disease, so I guess alcoholism is also a disease.

I am a recovering addict/alcoholic and in NO way is it a 'choice'. I would never have 'chosen' to break my family and friends' hearts and to stick a needle in my arm for six years. As a matter of fact, it is believed that addiction IS a medical disease, and although it isn't always genetic, it can be passed down from parent to child. My biological mother was a heroin addict and I never met her. Yet I still ended up just like her. The first drink or drug can be all it takes with addicts. So no, I would never have chosen to go through what I went through, or have put others through it either. I am sorry for your ignorance.

33 - Show me it's possible for you to sound even more moronic.

Yeah because adding "ic" to word makes it more meaningful. You imbecilic. Alcoholics claiming alcoholism is a disease..??..there is something strange in there. Well I shall not continue any further. Unless a doctor says alcoholism is a disease straight to my face then I rest my case. As for the drug addictions that is something more serious than alcohol. Sorry about your mom being a drug user and you as well. I mean that.

Hey j300zx - alcoholism is a disease. I'm saying that to your virtual face. And I'm a doctor. Still don't believe me? The AMA has classified alcoholism as a disease since 1956. It's been labelled both a psychiatric and medical illness since 1991. Get it? You're wrong. Accept it and move on.

Ugh, people are still denying that alcoholism is a disease? REALLY? -Slams head on desk- j300zx obviously has never had to deal with anyone with an addiction, he sounds like he lives under a fucking rock. Petey - Great job on getting clean, I hope you can keep up the good work :). Stay strong!

Exactly! Weak people are always looking to blame their lack of control on a "disease"

59 - Ever been addicted to something? No? Then shut the fuck up. Addiction does not equate to lack of control. Whatever they're addicted to controls them.

To a very very small extent, I have to agree with j300zx. My only reasoning for doing so is that anyone with an addiction would never have opened that door without taking the first drink or drug. However, I also have seen firsthand how difficult it is once someone starts, to quit. 40: Congrats on getting clean, that is fantastic. :)

You have no idea what you are talking about. You think just because you've never been addicted to something that EVERYONE who is a weak piece of shit. You have no idea of the struggles people go through. It's a very viscious cycle. But you don't give a shit, you're too cool and get satisfaction from believing that you're stronger because you don't do drugs or drink alcohol. Find strength somewhere else, douche bag.

Congrats on getting clean. :)

#59 go have some crystal meth for say .. oh I don't know a month? then give it up happy and smiley and tell me it's easy! aswell congrats on getting clean petey inspiring story for others who are trying to get clean while dealing with this ignorance

can you douches just shut the eff up about this? in the words of George carlin..."you're all diseased."

Medically alcoholism is considered a disease, but it is also different then getting say, pneumonia. Yes a person could make a choice and say 'I am not going to drink.' But it is an addiction, just as smoking is, and overeating is. Every one of us in one form or another has some type of 'addiction.' Especially with addictions where the person forms a psychological and physical dependence on the substance they are using, quitting is easier said than done. I try not to judge someone when I have never walked in their shoes.

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and your mom clearly didn't teach you grammar

Hahaha! I'm with 115 on this one...

win!:D wait how is this an FML for your life?