Budweiser employee fired for drinking Coors

Bud Man Fired For Being A Coors Fan?

DENVER (AP) – Ross Hopkins still likes to drink Bud, even though he says a brief tryst with a Coors beer cost him his job at a Budweiser distributor.

Hopkins, 41, is suing American Eagle Distributing Co., saying the company wrongly fired him for drinking Coors in a bar two years ago. “They flat-out told me: ‘We’re putting food on your table so you could put it on theirs?”‘ he said Tuesday. “I thought I could drink it, no problem.”

…Hopkins, who was a warehouse supervisor for the distributor, said he was not wearing a uniform or representing American Eagle when he was at the bar in May 2003 with some co-workers. He said he had ordered a Budweiser but a waitress brought Coors. He decided to drink it because he didn’t want to wait.

The son-in-law of the distributor’s majority shareholder also was at the bar and offered twice to buy him a Budweiser but Hopkins turned it down both times.

He was fired the following Monday.I saw a version of the story yesterday (which I can’t find right now) that said that Hopkins had been demoted 2 weeks earlier for something unrelated. I find it hard to believe that Hopkins is going to be out of work long, as Golden, Colorado based Coors is sure to offer him a job to capitalizes on the publicity…

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