Japanese worker’s job threatened for drinking non-alcoholic beer during break

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Office employee poses question to the Internet: Is it wrong to drink a non-alcoholic beer during a break?

On the morning of June 13th an office worker in her 30s going by the online handle of U-chan came down with a particular craving for beer. By the afternoon she was unable to hold out any longer and decided to go to a convenience store to buy a non-alcoholic beer.

U-chan says that she and everyone else in her small officer consider themselves to be big drinkers, so she thought nothing of it when she sat down at her desk to enjoy her simulated beer with 0.00 percent alcohol during a 3:00 p.m. break.

However, when her boss saw, he confronted U-chan in an exchange that went something like this:

Boss: “What are you drinking?”
U-chan: “This? Oh no you must be mistaken. It’s non-alcoholic beer. It’s not the real thing.”
Boss: “You can’t drink that here during office hours.”
U-chan: “Wha? But it doesn’t have any alcohol in it?”

The boss then proceeded to reprimand U-chan for an hour and told her to stay home the following day. During that