to the most comprehensive website on Pret A Manger from behind the facade. The Elephant in the room that the press likes to ignore. I declined 4 NDA offers from Pret for my silence.

The info you find here on this blog, you won’t find on Wikipedia, a page that is out-dated.

УКРАЇНЦІ, НЕ працюйте на мережу кафе Pret A Manger!

УКРАИНЦЫ, НЕ работайте на сеть ресторанов Pret A Manger!

Pret lure workers in with “charity” and promises, but to only use you for PR and as cheap labour. Whatever job you find, ALWAYS join a union!

Even if the company seems nice and you never have a problem, always join a union first thing when you start in a company. The best unions for food and hospitality workers are:

Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union www.BFAWU.org and Independent Workers’ of Great Britain (IWGB) who specialize in helping foreign workers. Both Unions know Pret very well and how poor Pret treat their staff.

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NEW Spain’s “Welcome” Message to Pret:

After this YouTube slide, keep it playing for Ireland’s “welcome” message to Pret!

A BBC report on Pret’s Subscription service came out written by Mike Powell. I tweeted at Mike’s Twitter account, not knowing he’s a BBC reporter as his Twitter account is very low key. He DM’d me for collaboration. Then everything went its way …
Pret A Manger customers complain over drinks subscription dealBy Mike Powell.

One thing though, I’m not a “disgruntled” former employee, I’m literally a survivor of Pret and almost died by suicide after what I went through there, which involved the top leadership of Pret. But I understand this to come across as “just” a disgruntled former staff. 

I decided to turn investigative “journalist” somewhat myself exposing Pret on various issues, but mainly staffing issues. I write from 10 years experience in Pret.

One important theme on my blog is Pret’s emotional labour practices via weekly micromanaging Mystery Shopper visits. For extensive writings, including several Pret Mystery Shopper reports, please see:
The Dangers of Emotional Labour

Also, Pret re-founder & itsu founder Julian Metcalfe is in Jeffrey Epstein’s “little black book”

Pret have new words on shop front simply saying “London 1986” as Pret refuse to acknowledge the original Pret founder, the late Jeffrey Hyman who started Pret in 1983. Someone on Twitter spilled the beans on what someone kept changing on Wikipedia:

2022-01-10 Hyman Wikipedia


My interview further below in the audio player


Organic Coffin Natural Fools


Just a few of the many, many Pret employee reviews and customer comments from various platforms, review sites, social media, as well as customer observations and complaints. To keep it short, I just post a selected “few” from different years and locations, but there is much, much more which I posted throughout my blog.


2022-06-05 Support


2022-06-05 Staff done working for Pret daily harrassment


2021-08-12 bullshit talk ruthless practices


etc. etc. etc.

Some recent reviews from staff. Pret has always been hard to work for, but the pandemic has made the CEO and executives even more harsh with staff. Pano Christou received £4m in bonus and a 27% pay-rise in 2021 after cutting wages. I really feel bad for staff. Work conditions must be even more like close towards slavery now. Christou caters to shareholders and it’s a question of time when more staff will break.


2022-07-11 KL review GOOD


2022-07-06 Review GOOD


Senior Leadership Review:



01 Go back to UK

Review by a Corporate, NY


Never go to Pret



2018 Bullying staff killing customers






Annihilate Humanity 45


Former CEO Clive Schlee’s legacy after TWO customers died and low-wage staff are bullied to “perform” with a smiley front:

2019-06-30 44 staff 50 Clive


Current CEO Pano Christou since September 2019:

2021-12-22 Stats Pano 45 47

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My Interview
with The Adam Paradox Podcast


A group on facebook that is quite blunt started in 2011 but cannot easily be found as Facebook hides them from public search. I only stumbled on them in early 2019 by accident: “I Hate Pret A Manger” under Facebook.com/preth8ers

And former employee Andrej Stopa who was fired in 2012 for helping to start a Union. He started the Pret A Manger Staff Union (PAMSU).

Unfortunately both groups aren’t very active currently, but just to link to them as well for current Pret employees’ reference.

“Shadow banned” (censored) on social media
At times I am shadow banned (secretly censored) where my posts are hidden from the public, my likes are not visible etc. Twitter and Facebook are affected as Pret must have reported me. No new readers can see my tweets, “likes” and won’t find my Twitter account and posts in search. Only I can see it when logged in. Only visiting my Twitter profile directly can my Tweets be seen during a ban. My followers won’t be notified of any new posts, “likes” and DMs. Even PRIVATE messages are deleted by Facebook when I add a link to my blog.

Twitter shadow bans can be checked on the following site whosban.eu.org

On 02. Dec. 2021 shadowban.eu has shut down for good as they can’t keep up with Twitter’s advanced technology. They made a statement on their front page. And shadowban.io is completely unreliable and/or outdated as well.

But there’s a new shadow ban tester (as in 2022) that’s pretty reliable so far.


In memory of my big brother


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