Nashville zoo worker fired after being drunk on job

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Posted on October 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A zoo worker from Nashville is out of a job after showing up drunk to work.

The 24-year-old was he train driver at the zoo, and had been employed with the zoo for about four months.

She admitted to drinking too much at her lunch, before she took visitors to the zoo on a ride on the Wilderness Express Train, consisting of two loops around a 500 foot track.

The woman took the train on its first loop, before a manger took over for the second.

Zoo officials said they found out that she was drunk after a visitor complained about her behavior.

The reason that the guest noticed something was wrong, we pay by tokens, we don't have cash transaction.” Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo President, said. "She dropped the tokens and when she went to pick up the tokens, she stumbled and fell. They thought that was abnormal and that's when we got the call."

There is no word on how many passengers were on the train at the time or if any were children.
 

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