Drunk, Stoned Chrysler Assembly Workers Live Up To "Bad Old Days" Stereotypes

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

The things we make, according to the Jeep Grand Cherokee “Manifesto,” make us. Which apparently means that the Grand Cherokee is an on-the-job drinker. Yes, despite an ad campaign that touts craftsmanship and American manufacturing prowess (not to mention the litany of “Detroit Reborn” hype), Jeep Grand Cherokee assembly workers at the Jefferson North plant were caught drinking and doobing on their lunch break. Clearly, these gentlemen appreciate Chrysler’s new-found dedication to quality, and are eager to create value for their union and taxpayer owners. Oy vey…

UPDATE: The Detroit News reports

The lunchtime habits of a small group of workers, which included a trip to a party store and then to a public park, were captured on video by WJBK-TV (Channel 2). WJBK was tipped off by concerned workers at the plant.

Chrysler executives are now using the video to identify the workers, a number of whom have already been suspended without pay.

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  • 50merc 50merc on Sep 24, 2010

    I think all auto workers are like the guys in the video. I also think all Indians live in teepees, all Canadians travel by dog sled, all Californians are movie stars, all Southerners wear sheets, and all Democrats are former members of the Weather Underground. Now, to return to planet Earth, I'll toss in my anecdotal evidence. After several months and almost 4,000 miles, I've found exactly zero defects in my new Escape (built by UAW workers, BTW). Everything has worked flawlessly and I see no assembly flaws. I do have one complaint: there should be no shiny "piano black" plastic on the dash where sunlight can produce glare. But I don't think the UAW had the say-so on that.

  • ThetaII ThetaII on Sep 24, 2010

    Now that the YouTube video has been taken down, here's a working link to the story: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/chrysler-auto-workers-busted_20100923_dk

  • Johngalt Johngalt on Sep 25, 2010

    Just heard a news update that Chrysler will start a "Designated Driver" program on Monday for those lunch time beer and dope runs.

  • Rpn453 Rpn453 on Sep 27, 2010

    "What do you mean you can't get stoned? It's shitty work. Everybody does that, all right? Carpenters, electricians, dishwashers, floor cleaners, lawyers, doctors, fuckin' politicians, CBC employees, principals, people who paint the lines on the fuckin' roads, get stoned, it'll be fun, get to work! Oh, and this is the most important, go down to the Shit-Mart. I need a bag of chicken chips. If they don't have chicken, get me dill pickle. And I want a chocolate milk." - Ricky