One former employee of a pub in the UK has used the Twitter account of the pub he used to work for to vent his frustration at the company.
The pub at the centre of the Twitter scandal is the Plough in Oxfordshire with bosses at the pub claiming that they had no choice but to let the chef go because he refused to work on Christmas day, a day which they claim is one of the busiest of the year.
The first message on the Twitter feed of the pub appeared at 7pm on Sunday evening with the simple greeting “Happy Christmas everyone”. After this harmless greeting there were several posts on the Twitter feed of the pub with many claiming that the chef of the pub, Jim KNight, had been sacked for asking for three days off this month, including Christmas day.
The first message on the Twitter feed said: “We’d like to inform you that we’ve just fired our head chef”
Followed by: “Unfortunately he wanted to have a weekend off this month and Christmas Day this year for family commitments so we thought we’d sack him. Yeah, a week before Christmas!
“We don’t care that he has a 7½-month-old baby daughter”.
After these initial messages came other tweets claiming that the meat served at the pub was bought from local supermarkets and was not the premium quality that people were paying for during their meals.
A spokesperson from The Plough told Sky News that by informing bosses at the pub that he would not be working on Christmas day the head chef was breaking a former agreement which had been made when he was first employed.
The Landlord of the pub also told Sky News that he has “little choice” but to dismiss the head chef because it is known by all the staff that you have to work on Sundays and on Christmas Day.
Regarding the claims about the quality of the meat at the pub the landlord said these claims were “outrageous and untrue”.
He added: “Our suppliers are transparent: our meat is fresh, never frozen, and comes from Booker’s in High Wycombe and from a local farmer called Peter Vogt.
“”I’ve been in this business 25 years and have a lot of contacts who have been asking me on an ongoing basis if there is a position available, as this is a fantastic pub to work for. Since the villagers bought it out two years ago, it’s been renovated to a wonderful standard, the kitchen facilities are second to none and it must be one of the most beautiful villages in the country.”
The story has captured the imagination of the press in the UK who have all run with the story about the disgruntled former employee on Twitter with many running the headline about the “hacked” twitter account.
On his own private Twitter account Mr Knight wrote later: “It’s my daughter’s first Christmas. I wouldn’t miss that for ANYTHING.
“Thank you for the kind words. I had no idea this would escalate so quickly. See you in the job centre tomorrow. X”
And concluded with the tweet: “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.”