Confrontations can occasionally get heated. Sometimes you can understand why two coworkers get into a war of words, and while resorting to violence is rarely – if ever – encouraged, at least the reason behind it makes some sense.
And then some people punch each other over a cup of Joe.
Michael Rasler and Dieter Tietz were two Australian Tax Office coworkers and out with some peers in 2009 waiting for their coffee. Rasler took the first drink and walked back to his table. Tietz, however, was pretty sure he ordered before Rasler, and had no qualms letting him know.
Rasler stuck his fingers in the drink and flicked some at Tietz. Not the most mature move, but effective in getting his point across. Of course, that means it’s on. Tietz then punched Rasler in the arm.
Rasler filed a workers compensation claim in 2010. He claimed mental and physical injuries, along with workplace bullying and harassment.
It was initially rejected, and he appealed to an Australian tribunal. The claim was thrown out, mainly because he did not respond negatively and the conversation continued on as normal, with the workers leaving as a group.
However, Rasler was declared eligible for compensation related to a March 2010 psychological condition arising from his perception of being bullied.
Trust me, I’m a man who likes his coffee. And it’s always inconvenient when someone skips ahead in a line. But punching someone over one cup? Seems excessive. One love, Tietz. One love.
Source: United Press International