Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Limited has been been fined £12,000 (almost $20,000) for spilling 6,600 litres of whisky into the River Ayr in Scotland. That adds up to about 7,140 bottles. Yowzah.
STV reports that the accident occurred when a tanker truck carrying 27,500 litres of Ye Olde Scottish Whisky pumped it into the wrong vat, leading to an overflow which then spilled into the river.
While the internet packs up en masse to visit the “Whisky River,” Scottish environmentalists are not too pleased.
Sara Shaw, Procurator Fiscal, Wildlife and Environment told STV:
The risk of pollution of the river should have been one of the considerations at the forefront of the company’s policies. Due to the absence of a number of appropriate systems and staff training, there was always the risk of accident or an overfill incident if an error was made.
It looks like whisky river is a one-time event. Word to our Scottish readers: please take your lunch break at the River Ayr for us.
Scroll down for a few of our favorite responses via Twitter.
@BBCScotlandNews and in other news, swimming in the River Ayr is now Scotland’s number one participation sport breaking all previous records
— Saltire Comics (@SaltireComics) January 23, 2014
— Jim Richardson (@JimRichardsonNG) January 25, 2014
7,140 bottles of whisky spilled into River Ayr. No wonder we have been sleeping so well! http://t.co/ArOjl9YYpi
— Dave Watson (@UnisonDave) January 24, 2014
Ayr river rats celebrated as river flowed with whisky after bottling plant split 6000 litres http://t.co/b4OTEhLaFW
— Laura Lee (@GlasgaeLauraLee) January 23, 2014