You are either the Captain


of the ship

or you’re knee-deep in shit!


If the Captain of the ship jumps first,

blames downward,

names and shames the crew,

doesn’t act on fatalities…

he needs to be dragged to court


Clive Schlee,

I am glad that you are not

my captain anymore

and I’m ashamed to have ever been

on the ship you were entrusted with


You hide behind the Reimann family now

They will protect you

you are cocooned in their wealth

and you’ve let the wolves of

private equity in


You are part of history, sir

the war between the rich and the poor


But you know what real power is?

It’s like being a human

looking at an ant on the dirty ground

and not crushing it


That is real power, sir


You know why I never wanted to be

a manager in Pret

even though I applied for assistant manager role

to escape the abuse of managers


I was asked many times by my colleagues

and even customers

why I am not a manager


To my customers I responded that I had other plans

which I did


I had a life






But to my teams I went a little deeper

and explained

that I cannot do what a typical

Pret manager is doing

ripping off their staff,

cutting hours,

stealing wages,

lying to and bullying them

to breaking point


And many a times

my teams would just smile

and nod in silence


No, sir!

No, sir.


The ocean is full of sharks

there’s no room for more


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The above slideshow is just a selection, the list goes on in Pret Staff Complaints


2019-06-30 44 staff 50 Clive

Overall Glassdoor figures start of July 2019



I worked at Pret A Manger for almost 10 years and survived systemic workplace bullying during bereavement that involved HR, the top leadership, HQ and even the now “retired” former CEO Clive Schlee. I declined 4 settlement offers if I am silent about my ordeal. But I rather starve and speak out to help others. For an overview of important blog entries of my experience with Pret, please visit “My Ordeal with Pret A Manger”. The little arrow to the right next to each heading will lead directly to the post.
I tell my story for the first time verbally in below audio player interview on a podcast by The Adam Paradox, and wrote an article in the
Scottish Left Review.
Thank you for reading/listening.




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