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Comments & Curiosities: Brawls and the jolly guy in red

December 18, 2010|By Peter Buffa

We've been through a lot of them, no? We've seen lots of Christmases and the stories that go with them on these pages over the years, and in just a few days, another one will be upon us. Happens every year just about this time and every year, I try to come up with something inspiring for you, something uplifting, one of those stories that makes you teary-eyed and reminds you of why we are here and what the real meaning of Christmas is.

I couldn't find any of those this year. Not one, nada, zip, niente, bupkis. But I did find some really sketchy Christmas stories about people who behaved badly this holiday season and need to sign up for the next "Christmas-Hanukkah/True-Meaning-Thereof" at their earliest possible convenience.

Company Christmas parties can be tricky. They usually start out fine, with people in festive attire being warm and friendly and smoochy and wishing everyone the merriest whatever. But every now and then, once the rum punch or the Stoli or the Cabernet, or maybe all three, kick in, people get warmer, less friendly and occasionally, just plain dumb.

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According to CBS-2 Los Angeles, that's pretty much what happened at a company Christmas party this week in Montebello at the Quiet Cannon restaurant — a name that will prove to be ironic. Somewhere between the bacon-wrapped dates and the pfefferneuse, a heated discussion grew into an argument, which grew into an all-out brawl, with screaming and punching and furniture tossing, which caused a 911 call to be placed to the Montebello Police Department.

Not the first company Christmas party that ended badly and surely not the last, but what made this one interesting is that the "company" in this case was the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the guests who forgot their party manners were Los Angeles deputy sheriffs who work at the Men's Central Jail. Two deputies were treated for injuries at the restaurant — that's the Quiet Cannon restaurant. An unidentified source told CBS-2 that everyone at the party was intoxicated and the melee started when one of the deputies asked "...why it takes so long to escort inmates into the visitor's area."

If that's what started the brawl, I'm guessing that "intoxicated" is a figure of speech.

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