The scene was set for embarrassment.

It was Company X’s annual office Christmas bash, and the cocktails were generously being served up by the volunteer bartenders (read: junior employees). Thing was, nobody had instructed these same employees that the company’s co-op interns, many who were actually under-age, should not be handed a gin-and-tonic without first showing an ID.

Wait. It gets worse. One partying youth ended up getting soused and making a pass at the boss’ spouse. Merry Christmas.
“It was an absolute mess,” says the party planner relating this anecdotal tale of woe (she is quick to point out she had nothing to do with this particular corporate event). “Anybody who knew anything about planning a party would have urged for professional bartenders, or at the least, semi-trained volunteers.”

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