(LONDON) — Is this the clumsiest waiter ever? He accidentally spilled five glasses of beer down German chancellor Angela Merkel’s back.
The German leader was seated at an Ash Wednesday meeting for the Christian Democratic Union in Demmin, Germany, last week, when the drinks slipped off his tray. And, unfortunately for the waiter, it was all caught on camera.
The waiter, identified by the German newspaper Bild as a 21-year-old named Martin D., says that another waiter was actually supposed to bring the beers out to the table, but “she was so nervous, she asked me to do it for her.”
“I was shoved from behind, and tried to catch the beers, but it was too late,” Martin says, adding that he also swore in front of Merkel. “I shouted ‘s—‘ really loudly.”
But the German leader has dealt with worse things – Europe’s monetary crisis, the Greek bailout – so after the initial shock, the beer shower didn’t faze her. The waiter tells the paper that Merkel grinned at him and went ahead to give her speech.
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Lorenzo Ferrigno, CNN
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