Fair Work rules Qantas right to sack attendant who got drunk on peach martinis at New York bar

Mail Online | 10/18/2019 | Wade Sellers For Daily Mail Australia
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A Qantas flight attendant who got blind drunk on peach martinis in a New York bar during a layover has lost his appeal to win his job back.

Luke Urso, 24, claims he drank just 'two peach martinis and three gin and tonics' at the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar in New York in 2017 but due to the bartenders 'free pouring' the cocktails, he ended up collapsing in the toilet and being rushed to hospital.

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Mr Urso believed that while he thought he was drinking five drinks, he had really consumed the equivalent to 14 standard drinks - resulting in him unable to work his shift the next day and Qantas having to foot the $20,000 hospital bill.

As a result he was sacked by Qantas and subsequently lost his unfair dismissal claim.

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A Fair Work full bench dismissed his appeal on Wednesday, saying they agreed with Qantas' decision to let him go.

But Mr Urso is still adamant it was not his fault he got drunk and he was tempted by the bar's special offer on alcohol.

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'I got invited out by some friends and I thought, I'm in my favourite city in the world - why not?,' he told Daily Mail Australia.

'I got the house special, [the peach martinis] for $10 - I wasn't going to say no.'

'That's what you get for going cheap I suppose,' he added.

The full bench said Mr Urso's evidence could 'simply not be accepted' saying he 'could not seriously have thought that a drink in the nature of a peach martini would only contain one standard nip of alcohol,' it said.

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'The evidence tends to suggest that he had significantly more than five drinks, in which case 'free pouring' loses whatever capacity it had to exonerate...
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