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Soldier turned up drunk to guard Swedish king

Soldier turned up drunk to guard Swedish king

Published: 05 Dec 2012 13:22 GMT+01:00

In an internal report, the military said a superior officer noticed that the 25-year-old was so hungover that he was unfit for duty with the main guard (Högvakten) at Stockholm’s Royal Palace.

“During my inspection, I found the soldier unshaved, with red eyes and snus in his mouth, leading me to suspect he was intoxicated,” the officer reported.

The guard confessed that he had drunk seven pints of beer between 5pm and 3am the previous night.

His shift began at 7.30am.

The incident in September was not the first that involved drinking for the young guard.

In June, also under the influence of alcohol, the soldier had picked up a knife in a female colleague’s room and told her to “lie still”.

A second colleague, who had been out on the town with him that evening, wrestled him to the ground and pulled him out of the room.

“It was not perceived as threatening, rather as a drunken prank,” the military said in its report about why the woman had not reported the incident to her superiors at the time.

However, after learning of the soldier's second incident at the Royal Palace, the female soldier then chose to report the incident.

“Sometimes he just loses it and does odd things,” she told superiors when questioned.

“Because both these incidents involve alcohol, I recommend that his eligibility for rehabilitation be assessed,” the man’s superior wrote.

“He should also lose a substantial part of his salary for breach of duty."

The guard himself told superiors he should not be singled out among the many soldiers who went partying the night before showing up for duty.

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14:33 December 5, 2012 by Lemon1987
Cheeers to loyal King of Sweden
16:15 December 5, 2012 by Carbarrister
My father was in the Palace Guard from 1925 - 28. I am sure he is rolling over in his grave.
16:43 December 5, 2012 by Svensksmith
You'd think such a high profile job would require the cream of the crop.
17:50 December 5, 2012 by J Jack
Come on ... 7 pints in 8 hours? Typical lightweight albino .. you people are so hung up on booze.
21:45 December 5, 2012 by EmployedProfessional
Let's all act shocked together.

Ready,steady,gooo!

Now,let's get unshocked and real.

If you're "in the club",you can manage to be a life long f- up and rise in the ranks.

Hey,Sweden drinks,but it's only OK if they do it.

They get a free ride home or into congress for more free drinks,invandere go to the holding tank or to koknäs tower park.

Double morals?

Discuss....
00:29 December 6, 2012 by Ruloscience
I can't avoid feeling a bit bad for the poor guy. Let's be reasonable and consider that the job must be really boring. Being a bit tipsy while standing there must make the day pass a lot faster. Moreover, being realistic the chances of something happening so that they need to take action are minimal. Cheers!
19:09 December 15, 2012 by Flygger
Guy doesn't have a shred of decency for himself or anyone else.

Stuff rehab.. Kick him out with a dishonourable discharge.

I'm sure his pals he tried to drop into it will gladly help him out with their boots !!

Alcoholics will take anyone and everyone down with them.
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