Warning over cologne drinking
The increase in cologne consumption is causing loss of productivity to companies and a variety of ailments among labourers, according to officials
The abuse of cologne as liquor amongst low-income workers has reached alarming proportions in Qatar, construction industry officials have warned.
The increase in its consumption is causing loss of productivity to companies and a variety of ailments among labourers, they said.
"Its use has reached epidemic proportions. Almost every week we end up terminating an abuser," said a human resource official managing 2,800 labourers.
Readily available in mega-marts and neighbourhood shops, suspicious-looking cologne bottles with virtually no labelling are bought by low-income workers for using the stuff as an alcohol substitute.
"What we do now is, issue a verbal warning followed by a written one. If a worker is caught again, we suspend him for 3-5 days. As a last resort we terminate the services of the individual in an attempt to maintain discipline in the workers’ camp," the HR official said.
However, the abuse has become so widespread it does not even raise an eyebrow. Yesterday afternoon, a group of three low-income workers was spotted in a hypermarket buying three bottles of a particular cologne brand.
"We will mix it with a soft drink and consume it," said a member of the group. "It should be good for seven to eight people in our room. We use it for medicinal purposes," the worker said.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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