Workers Accidentally Flush Away 18,000 Liters Of Scotch

A true tragedy:

BLUNDERING workers flushed whisky worth £½million down the drain during a botched factory clean-up.

Around 18,000 litres of Scotch poured into a local sewage works after the gaffe by staff at Chivas Brothers bottling plant.

An insider said: “It was like someone turned on a tap and it just ran straight down the plughole.” Fears that the booze ended up in the River Leven near the site in Dumbarton turned out to be off the mark.

But Scottish Water chiefs said the sheer volume of spirits could hamper its waste treatment centre in the town.

The bungle came during a routine cleaning operation in the early hours of Tuesday at the whisky plant which employs 600 workers. The insider went on: “It happened on a night-shift washout — that’s when the equipment is cleaned for a changeover between different products. Instead of draining the water and cleaning solution, they flushed out all the whisky. What’s even more shocking is no one noticed until 11am.”

Well, it’s possible that alcohol was involved.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. GoBlue77 says:


  2. B. Minich says:

    I’d be livid if I were a Chivas drinker. You can’t just make that Scotch up again in another batch!

    Tragic loss all around.

  3. elizajane says:

    A river full of happy fish. Heart-warming, really.

  4. christopher osborne says:

    There is not only disgrace and dishonor in that, monster, but an infinite loss.

  5. Neil Hudelson says:

    It’s just Chivas, people. It’s not a tragedy, just a sorrowful event. Now if it was Oban…

  6. James Joyner says:

    @Neil Hudelson: I wonder if Oban even bottles 18,000 liters a year?

  7. Jenos Idanian Who Has No Pony Tail says:

    Thank God Ted Kennedy didn’t live to see this atrocity…

  8. Dazedandconfused says:

    “Oh man, did we just have us a terrible ax-cedent last night boss! Damnedest thing….somebody just left the spigot open….or no….the spigot must of opened up kinda like all by itself….been loose, right boys? Yeah! It’s been loose! Well, anyway…ya see we waz just like following pro-c-dures all normal like and…and….ya know what happened? Why, all that scotch, every last bit of it was gone, just like that! Must have gone right down that there drain….”

  9. PogueMahone says:

    In other news… thousands of Scots show up at a waste-water treatment plant carrying empty jugs.

  10. Tony W says:

    I have been often told that such a reaction to milk is off limits, but is it okay to cry over this?

  11. Gromitt Gunn says:

    This is why its just better to pay the Scottish Mafia their protection money. “Sure would be a shame if there was an “accident” at the plant, laddie.”

  12. Davebo says:

    @Neil Hudelson: Or worse yet Usquebach.

  13. Woody says:

    Sigh – okay, I’ll have to drain a Laphroaig and water in memoriam.

    (Yes, I know good Scotch is wet enough on its own. I prefer about a shot’s worth of cool water)

  14. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I was worried until I saw that it was Chivas.