February 28th, 2012
01:00 PM ET

Waiter accidentally spills five glasses of beer on German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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A German waitress felt a little nervous about bringing a tray of beer to the table where German Chancellor Angela Merkel was sitting. So the waitress asked her colleague, Martin, to serve Merkel's table instead.

Martin, 21, held the tray of beer with his left hand while serving Merkel with his right hand. But he didn't keep his balance. The five glasses of beer slid off of his tray and landed directly on the back of the most powerful person in Germany. A YouTube video of the accident began going viral last night.

Merkel's aides immediately rushed over to wipe off the back of her suit jacket. She appears calm in the video and is later seen drinking beer with her table. They were at the restaurant for a Christian Democratic Union meeting, The Daily Mail reported.

The waiter later said that the clumsy mistake wasn't really his fault. "I was shoved from behind, and tried to catch the beers, but it was too late," he told the Bild newspaper.

In a BBC video of the accident, it appears that Martin could be telling the truth. The beer spills just as a man in a suit, with his back facing Martin, walks by the tray.

Nonetheless, Martin has been taking all of the blame.

"It's not the sort of thing to do to your country's leader if you're a waiter," a BBC commentator remarked.

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  1. Peter

    he was pushed, the guy pushed the tray thats why he turned around like people do when they run into people to say sorry. it wasn't his fault.

    February 29, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
  2. 100% ETHIO-Nostradamus

    On the road: ' Don't drink and drive '.

    In the meeting: where good judgement is necessary, why alcohol is allowed?

    February 29, 2012 at 2:27 am | Reply
  3. RED SOLO CUP

    I WONDER IF THE WAITER COULD HAVE BEEN FROM GREECE, JUST SAYIN YA KNOW!

    February 29, 2012 at 2:43 am | Reply
  4. Been There

    Good, I'm not the only spiller. Once I was carrying a tray in front of an elevated table where some Heads of State sat,
    along with some other big wigs and of all things Artemis Gordon ( why he was there?? Remember Wild Wild West?)
    and spilled the sucker down the skirt of the table in front of a whole crowd. I can chuckle about it now, but then ...

    February 29, 2012 at 3:47 am | Reply
  5. connie da silva

    Chancellor Angela Merkel: a true lady, a true diplomat – composed, poised, discerning....Poor Mr. Martin with endless nights of remorse, despite his Chancellor taking the mis-step in kind light....

    February 29, 2012 at 5:57 am | Reply
  6. John

    Well, the clumsy waiter also can't seem to tell the truth even in the aftermath. He claims he was shoved from behind and tried to catch the beer glasses but it was too late. The video shows that claim to be entirely fabricated and the truth is that he tipped the tray forward as he leaned over to serve Merkel her beer, dumping the remainder of the glasses of beer on her back.

    If you make a mistake, admit it and live with it. Telling a lie and blaming it on someone else only demonstrates that you have no character.

    February 29, 2012 at 7:17 am | Reply
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