Anybody have any good Christmas party stories ? I don't know what it is about Christmas parties that seem to bring out the disasters but I have been to a couple that have ended up going way farther off the deep end than regular parties. Years ago I worked for a cell phone company in the facilities department ( one of the "guys in the back" ), our office was primarily staffed with outside sales people. We must of had sixty people in the office and at least half were in outside sales. Our market segment was selling multiple contracts to firms, there was some big money to be made getting fifty or a hundred phones ( or pagers back at that time) sold along with contracts. They were a work hard play hard group for sure, young, driven, attractive, really great group of people to work with. Our office was kitty corner to a Ramada Inn and the bar was a regular after work stop for some of us, the sales people would generally be out all day so that was where everyone would catch up at days end. We sort of " owned" the bar seating at happy hour and the bartenders were pretty cool with the occasional drunken shenanagins. My last Christmas there it was a very successful year and management decided since the Ramada was close that would be a great place to have the company party. It was a pretty casual, sort of just get together after work for an end of the year drink sort of affair. I believe that was the last company party. It started off innocently enough I guess, short management speech about how good a year we had, congratulations all round, teamwork, all the standard platitudes and then in to the drinking. Now.......I'm not a party rookie by any means but this thing took on a life of it's own. We essentially took over the bar, pretty much just told people it was a private party and they had to leave. It wasn't long before people were openly using coke on the bar, doing shots, and blatantly hitting on each other. People were getting rooms, hooking up, then coming back to the party. Married staff members were disappearing with single folks, people groping each other in the bar, lots of flashing. I decided to leave after one of managers decided that she wanted to go slumming with one of the "guys in the back" by standing in front of me and unbuttoning her blouse. She was married, I was married, and decided that nothing good was going to come of that, in the long run anyway. No one even seemed to notice ! Luckily that was a Friday night so by Monday morning when everyone was back at work it wasn't as bad as it could have been but there was a definite lack of eye contact and it was a really quiet day. I kinda' wondered if that's how the beautiful people party all the time. I guess the moral of the story is don't have your company party at a hotel with an open bar ? Hey..... at least no one started a fight !