In crazy Colombia, showing up to work high and drunk is no problem.
Known for cocaine manufacturing and smuggling, Colombia has now made it legal for you to show up at work either drunk or high or even both without being fired.
In Colombia, you can show up at work under the influence as long as you are productive.
A group of students University of Bucaramanga found in a loophole in the country's constitution that made this possible. They brought out two contradicting articles in the constitution.
"The first consecrates equality for all people before the law and calls the protection of the State to "those persons who owing to their economic, physical or mental condition find themselves in a state of weakness" stated the students. Also, the second articles enforces the equal opportunity for all workers.
The students presented this contradiction in front of a court of law successfully. The court agreed and ordered for the article in the Labor Code of Columbia's constitution be modified.
There are opponents to the newly altered article. They believe it would lead to an increase in cocaine consumption during work hours.
Not everyone can show up drunk or high. Pilots, drivers and anyone else who could negatively affect his co-worker or passenger would not be allowed to indulge in alcohol or drugs in work hours.
Despite this exception, it is still fascinating to find out that Columbia, a country with a colourful drug history, is allowing its citizens to show up during work hours buzzed and in the clouds.
Pablo Escobar would have loved this.