Chef gets fired for asking to see daughter's first Xmas, takes over restaurant's Twitter feed to get revenge.
British words alert: The English say "Happy Christmas," and "asda" is kind of like Safeway.
It's the holidays, and there is no tradition better than ganging up on an employer who has treated their employee's perfectly reasonable holiday request with contempt and termination. Today's entry is the Plough Pub in Oxforshire, United Kingdom. Here, they decided to fire their head chef, Jim Knight, right before the holidays because he asked for one weekend and Christmas Day off this month to spend with his wife and baby. Unfortunately, they forgot that he was the one in charge of the Twitter account, since he was the one who set it up:
I would like to make it CRYSTAL CLEAR I have not "hacked" any account. I created the account with permission of my ex-employers. Night x— Jim Knight (@chefjimknight) December 16, 2013
Password still set to ChefsRule123.
Now, they could have just said "no" without firing him. Their employee would have been upset, but it's the holidays and it's not really unusual for restaurant employees to be forced to work over the Christmas/New Year's holiday. They would have been jerks, yes, but they would have been unexceptional ones. Firing a person for requesting time off is always a dick move, but when that person is your head chef, and has a seven-and-a-half-month old baby, you're really asking for Internet justice.
So Jim went home and logged onto the @PloughPub Twitter account and sent out the tweets you see above (that picture contains the whole run). Apparently, this still may end up being a net plus for Plough Pub, since the hilariously outdated visitor counter (it's been maybe a decade since I've seen one un-ironically) on their website shows that the past 24 hours have seen more traffic than the previous month (and probably past year) combined:
A quaint 16th-century pub set within a historical GeoCities webpage.
And now, to drop the other shoe: The Plough's landlord Steve Potts has stated that he made it very clear to Chef Jim when he was hired in October (wait, only October?) that he would have to work every Sunday during the holidays and on Christmas. Potts also angrily clarified that their meat comes from a local farm, and that only fish came from the local Asda. He said that when Chef Jim "informed me that he would not be working Christmas Day, and other Sundays in the near future, I was left with little choice but to end our arrangement." (For the record, Christmas is a Wednesday this year.) It still sounds like Jim mainly asked for Christmas and another Sunday, so it seems odd that there was no way to resolve this with either a "no, sorry, we'll give you extra time in January" or a "Howabout just Christmas morning?" or something. I mean, clearly Jim was asking for more time than he said he would, but c'mon! It's Christmas! Work it out!
Or don't. Apparently, lots of people still want the head chef job at Plough, and Jim has already moved on:
I have very kindly been offered a serious job offer directly off the back of this twitter storm. More info to follow x— Jim Knight (@chefjimknight) December 16, 2013
Maybe they need someone who can cook up some controversy.
Let's try to get to 12/25 without any more of these, ok, people? Just tip your servers well, treat your customers nice, respect your employees, don't steal from the workplace, don't use hate speech, don't lie about hate speech or bad tips being given to you, and on top of all that make time for your family and friends and get presents for everyone and don't trample anyone to death in a store while rushing for presents. IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, HUMANITY?
Oh, and remember to change the Twitter password before you fire anyone. Seriously.
(by Johnny McNulty)