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Merkel gets beer shower

Published: 27 Feb 2012 10:35 GMT+01:00

The waiter, identified by the German press as Martin D., said he could not stop himself shouting out a profanity as the glasses slipped off his tray, pouring beer down the back of the country’s leader.

“A colleague should have brought her the beer. But she was so nervous, she asked me to do it for her,” the 21-year-old told Bild newspaper.

He described the moment he lost control of the five glasses of beer as if it had happened in slow motion. “I was shoved from behind, and tried to catch the beers, but it was too late. I shouted “Shit!” really loudly,” he said.

Merkel kept her cool though – appearing less upset than in 2006 when the then US President George W Bush took her by surprise with a shoulder rub.

Her reaction to the Texan’s spontaneous physical contact has long been a Youtube classic – but beer down the back seemed to bother her less.

“She turned around, grinned at me – and even though she was wet, went to the speaker’s stage shortly afterwards,” the waiter said.

Merkel’s Ash Wednesday speech at the Demmin Christian Democratic Union meeting should have been an easy one for her – the little town is in her home state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

She studiously avoided mentioning the troubles swirling around her – not only a beer-soaked jacket, but also the resignation of her choice of President and the continuing problems with coalition partner the Free Democratic Party.

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Your comments about this article

13:53 February 27, 2012 by lucksi
I blame the poor english skills of the waiter. When Merkel said that the beer was on her this evening, this wasn't what she meant.
18:33 February 27, 2012 by Englishted
Did he shout sh#t ,so the sh#t would move and not get wet ?.
09:08 February 28, 2012 by wood artist
Somehow I doubt this was how he envisioned his "15 minutes of fame." It's always nice to see someone like Merkel handle it so well. I can imagine some other leaders who would not have been so gracious in that situation.

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15:27 February 28, 2012 by mr manchmal
nevermind the waiter - who was the idiot who PUSHES past a full beer tray? while at the same time, he shoves in front of a (patient) older woman. was he raised by wolves? maybe so... check the look of smugness when he sees what he's done. accident, i think not!
23:07 February 28, 2012 by das Salz der Erde
Oops I'm sure she can handle a little thing like beer! I have had beer spilled on me at concerts and it is not a nice situation.
08:14 March 2, 2012 by Yah right
George Bush is a stupid pig!
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