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 |  Feb 15 2012, 8:15 PM

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If you buy a Dodge Dart and get the sneaking suspicion that it feels like someone was drinking when they put the thing together, you just might be right.

Brian Ahlert, 41, of Janesville, Wis., was returning from work at the Belvidere, Ill. plant responsible for manufacturing the Dart when he was arrested for drunk driving. The incident occurred last Saturday at 8:04 p.m. according to GazetteXtra.com.

He was pulled over after witnesses reported his 1995 Chevy Lumina was “all over the road.” When police caught up to him, Ahlert was driving 40 mph in a 55 mph zone.  He told police he had been drinking all day during his shift at the Chrysler plant.

This isn’t the first, or even second time in recent memory that we’ve reported on Chrysler employees being drunk on the job. Last summer, news cameras caught workers at a Detroit plant drinking and getting high while at work.

Apparently, this was Ahlert’s fifth drinking and driving offense, we’re just grateful nobody got hurt.

While it’s a huge stretch to assume that Alhert’s behavior is common where he works, we hope the others in charge of making Dodge’s new flagship economy car are of sounder mind.

[Source: Janesville Gazette]

 |  Jul 14 2011, 3:41 PM

Ten months ago, a scandal at a Chrysler plant in Detroit broke when workers were caught drinking during their lunch break before returning to work. Now, at a different plant, the boys are at it again.

At the Trenton Engine Plant also in Detroit, Chrysler workers were filmed driving a mile from work, then drinking and smoking in their cars—on a private lot, maintained by the UAW. Workers at the plant say they’re tired of working next to someone who’s buzzed, because “it’s dangerous,” as one source said.

Naturally, Chrysler is indignant. “Again, we have Chrysler workers in a compromised position, without regard for the impact of their actions, the reputation of their coworkers, the plant, of the company, not to mention their own reputation and that of their families,” said Scott Garberding, the vice president of manufacturing. “The employees that we identify, as soon as we understand who they are, will be suspended indefinitely without pay and anybody else involved will be dealt with swiftly. It’s very frustrating to us, we take it very seriously.”

Click the jump to see the snarky news story. And all of a sudden, the Chevy ad that airs before it makes sense.

[Source: WJBK Fox 2 Detroit]

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 |  Sep 23 2010, 12:19 PM

Stories of domestic auto workers showing up to work inebriated, and displaying reckless disregard for the integrity of their job are legion among a generation of consumers who swore off American cars in favor of imports. But that was the pre-internet era, where evidence was mostly anecdotal.

Now, The Truth About Cars, via Fox News, has a mountain of documented proof that UAW workers do, in fact, get drunk and stoned on the job. A Chrysler plant worker apparently tipped off a local Fox News affiliate that a bunch of workers were getting f!$&ed up on the job every single day for a period of ten days. On their lunch hour.

The video is pretty self-explanatory, and we want to make it clear that this is only a group of bad apples among a community of hard working Americans who are working hard to help turn Chrysler around. The problem is that the job security and culture of entitlement fostered by some elements allows for this situation to happen. With Chrysler owned by the taxpayers of America, and a slate of new products on the way that will ostensibly rescue the company, this is the last thing the beleaguered automaker needs.

[Source: The Truth About Cars]

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