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Uploaded on Feb 27, 2012
Hoping to blow off some steam at the Christian Democratic Union's Ash Wednesday meeting in Demmin, which apparently features drinking, German Chancellor Angela Merkel could not get a break as a waiter dropped a tray of beers down the back of the woman who is often labeled as the most powerful in the world.
To the waiter's credit, he was holding at least six fairly large cold ones. Merkel understandably jolted when the beers first crashed down her back, but did not let the accident get to her, smiling for cameras soon after the spill:
Yahoo! reports that the waiter, only known as Martin, told Bild newspaper: "A colleague should have brought her the beer. But she was so nervous, she asked me to do it for her."
"I was shoved from behind, and tried to catch the beers, but it was too late," he said.
The Daily Mail reports that the waiter is 21, and was shouting a swear word as the glasses slipped off his tray towards the country's leader. While Merkel may have regained her cool, aides standing behind her threw their arms into the air, with one holding her head in their hands.