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Australia: Forklift mishap destroys $1m of shiraz wine
BBC ^ | 7/22/11

Posted on 07/22/2011 5:15:18 AM PDT by LibWhacker

More than A$1m ($1.07m; £664,000) of wine has been destroyed in a forklift accident in Australia.

The 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove shiraz sells for A$185 a bottle ($199; £122), the AFP news agency said.

Winemaker Sparky Marquis told reporters he was "gut-wrenched" that 462 cases of wine had been smashed while being loaded for export to the United States.

"When they opened up the container they said it was like a murder scene," he said. "But it smelled phenomenal." 'Massive loss'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food
KEYWORDS: destroys; forklift; mollydooker; wine
Having trouble visualizing how one forklift could smash 462 cases of wine, unless it was done deliberately or... What, did the forklift's inner muslim come alive?
1 posted on 07/22/2011 5:15:23 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
Mollydooker Velvet Glove shiraz

Oh come on. They made that name up by just randomly choosing words, at least one of which isn't even a real word, and they should just come right out and admit it!

;-)

2 posted on 07/22/2011 5:18:30 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: LibWhacker
Having trouble visualizing how one forklift could smash 462 cases of wine, unless it was done deliberately or... What, did the forklift's inner muslim come alive?

True - one hell of an "accident". My thought was some union worker that was pissed for having to work for his pay. Tie that with your Muslim thoughts and we have the worst workers in the world: disgruntled Muslim union workers wage-takers

3 posted on 07/22/2011 5:24:22 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: WayneS
Not at all. We love the “Dooker” in our house. I can't afford 185.00 a bottle, but the Blue Eyed Boy and the Boxer wines are fantastic. Some of the best wine out there and an incredible story goes along with how this vineyard came into being. Huge fan of the “Dooker”.
4 posted on 07/22/2011 5:25:54 AM PDT by Mathews (Ambition, absent a moral compass, is naked destruction.)
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To: LibWhacker

What did they do, drop it off a 4-story building?


5 posted on 07/22/2011 5:26:04 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: LibWhacker

Some of the forklifts used to load cargo ships are positively immense, as are the shipping containers. I think it quite possible that 500 cases of wine would fit in a single shipping container. It would probably only weigh about 15,000 lbs (assuming 12, 750 ml bottles to the case).


6 posted on 07/22/2011 5:26:47 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Mathews

I did not say I thought the wine was bad.


7 posted on 07/22/2011 5:30:03 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: LibWhacker
Mollydooker

WTF is a Mollydooker? Is it a riverbed that is only filled during hurricane season? One of those Australian spiders that can kill you at twenty feet just by looking at you? An aboriginal weapon combining a boomerang and a stick of dynamite?

OK, I just looked it up. Mollydooker is Aussie for a left-hander. Why can't they just speak English and call them southpaws. :-)

8 posted on 07/22/2011 5:37:03 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Dems demanding shared sacrifice are like Aztec priests doing it while cutting out my heart.)
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To: LibWhacker
Having trouble visualizing how one forklift could smash 462 cases of wine, unless it was done deliberately or... What, did the forklift's inner muslim come alive?

Maybe the forklift operator had been sampling the merchandise.

9 posted on 07/22/2011 5:45:00 AM PDT by Route797
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To: LibWhacker

Maybe they should put the wine in aluminum cans. ;-)


10 posted on 07/22/2011 5:46:52 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: WayneS

I agree with you that 500 cases would easily fit into one container. Normally, a container is loaded by the end user and a truck hauls it to the pier, where it’s loaded onto a ship.

Now, I KNOW, Mollydooker didn’t destroy their own wine.

Maybe one of those giant forklifts you’re talking about dropped the container at the pier?


11 posted on 07/22/2011 5:51:26 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

That’s what I was thinking.


12 posted on 07/22/2011 6:01:01 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: LibWhacker

This article says it was a container that fell from the forklift.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/executive-style/top-drop/smashed—1m-worth-of-flagship-shiraz-gone-20110722-1hseg.html


13 posted on 07/22/2011 6:04:57 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: trebb
...smashed while being loaded for export to the United States.

At least one of us ugly Americans didn't do it, huh?

I worked part-time as a Teamster when I was going to college. That's how I paid for school. I worked out of the "hiring hall," so over the years, I worked for many different companies, drove all kinds of trucks and forklifts, and have loaded innumerable containers, and I like what you said about disgruntled employees.

I've seen it with my own eyes. For instance, at one mega winery operation (whose name I dare not reveal), I've seen forklift drivers deliberately drive stacked pallets of wine into other stacked pallets at high speed just to see how many bottles they could break. AND, I've seen them doing this practically under the noses of the winery's owners, who didn't seem to care. After all, it was all insured. Insurance companies are some of that company's biggest and best customers.

Anyway, on that job, we were literally wading around in ankle-deep wine all night long (want to destroy a good pair of boots?... that's how you do it... it's the acid). Good thing it was rotgut and not Mollydooker's top of the line!!!

After working there for a night, your skin, clothes and boots reeked of wine. You could taste it and couldn't get the taste out of your mouth for days. And if you worked there for a week or a month? Fugeddaboutit! I couldn't drink wine for 20 years after that job.

14 posted on 07/22/2011 6:22:29 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: thackney

Ahh, thank you. Man, talk about putting all your eggs in one basket.


15 posted on 07/22/2011 6:25:10 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!


16 posted on 07/22/2011 6:26:13 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Route797


17 posted on 07/22/2011 6:26:23 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: LibWhacker
"Having trouble visualizing how one forklift could smash 462 cases of wine, "

Girl from Accounting wearing tight pants, drops a pencil, bends to pick it up. Forklift operator watches her... 462 cases of Shiraz kaput.

That's what we call "human error!"

18 posted on 07/22/2011 6:35:34 AM PDT by eCSMaster (We will fight for America and it starts here in Madison, WI. It starts here. It starts now.)
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To: LibWhacker

A lot of people in this country pooh-pooh Australian table wines. This is a pity as many fine Australian wines appeal not only to the Australian palate but also to the cognoscenti of Great Britain.

Black Stump Bordeaux is rightly praised as a peppermint flavoured Burgundy, whilst a good Sydney Syrup can rank with any of the world’s best sugary wines.

Château Blue, too, has won many prizes; not least for its taste, and its lingering afterburn.

Old Smokey 1968 has been compared favourably to a Welsh claret, whilst the Australian Wino Society thoroughly recommends a 1970 Coq du Rod Laver, which, believe me, has a kick on it like a mule: eight bottles of this and you’re really finished. At the opening of the Sydney Bridge Club, they were fishing them out of the main sewers every half an hour.

Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is Perth Pink. This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is ‘beware’. This is not a wine for drinking, this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.

Another good fighting wine is Melbourne Old-and-Yellow, which is particularly heavy and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat.

Quite the reverse is true of Château Chunder, which is an appellation contrôlée, specially grown for those keen on regurgitation; a fine wine which really opens up the sluices at both ends.

Real emetic fans will also go for a Hobart Muddy, and a prize winning Cuivre Reserve Château Bottled Nuit San Wogga Wogga, which has a bouquet like an aborigine’s armpit.


19 posted on 07/22/2011 6:39:55 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: eCSMaster

LOL


20 posted on 07/22/2011 6:50:41 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
When you are paying to ship from Australia, how many containers do you want to pay for, when they all fit in one container. One of the articles stated it was covered under insurance so there was no financial loss, except to the insurance company.
21 posted on 07/22/2011 6:53:21 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: WayneS

Well I live not far from Toowoomba and Maroochydore here in Australia. I won’t go into some of the other names. I’ve always asked why they named a town Toowoomba after a kangaroo f**t.


22 posted on 07/22/2011 6:58:05 AM PDT by SkyDancer (You know, they invented wheelbarrows to teach government employees how to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: WayneS

Ah, forklift drops the container and it didn’t bounce. Contents scrambled. Makes sense now.


23 posted on 07/22/2011 7:19:29 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (From her lips to the voters' ears: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We own the economy" June 15, 2011)
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To: LibWhacker

I wonder if this guy was operating the forklift

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oB6DN5dYWo


24 posted on 07/22/2011 7:20:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

That was a truly touching video.


25 posted on 07/22/2011 7:57:25 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: dfwgator
Lol, probably.

Germans are so funny. They need to attend classes in order to get a license to drive a forklift. Haha, we're soooo much better than they are! No license, no training, no maintenance necessary.

Something not working on the forklift? Americans pride ourselves on working under any mechanical constraint. I once worked for a company that had about 50 or 60 forklifts and all of them operated a little differently than the others.

Some steered backward (as if you were backing up), Some bounced like a ball as you picked up speed (so out of every one second of drive time, your wheels were only on the ground about half of a second; i.e., half of the time you couldn't steer at all--fun when you are flying down the isles full-speed with people on both sides of you), some had no brakes to speak of, some had 30% or more slack in the steering. On one, the horn honked every time you made a left turn, etc.

And the guys out of the hiring hall always got the crappiest forklifts. It's a wonder I never killed anyone, lol.

26 posted on 07/22/2011 8:07:15 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

27 posted on 07/22/2011 8:14:08 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Financial Repression.......it answers a lot of questions.....read about it on FinancialSense.com.)
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To: LibWhacker

28 posted on 07/22/2011 12:15:34 PM PDT by BBell
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To: dfwgator

I just watched the video. I’ve heard it said the Germans lack a sense of humor. After watching this I don’t think that is true.


29 posted on 07/22/2011 12:38:12 PM PDT by BBell
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To: BBell

That video is gold.


30 posted on 07/22/2011 9:30:55 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (Stupid should hurt.)
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