»Any damn fool can run Pret!«
Those are not my words!
Those are the words of the wife of Pret A Manger’s now former CEO Clive Schlee, who “retired” in September 2019! (while remaining as a non-executive director in the background pulling the strings and babysitting the new CEO).
On the question of Pret’s success and how much of it was luck or hard work, the CEO responds:
»We had some very good following winds. My wife always would say ‘any damn fool can run Pret‘.«
I comment on this interview in “Clive Schlee: A Case Study (of the Fun Factory)”
Why would the wife of a CEO keep saying this, what’s the conversation before such a statement?
Let the sweet-talk stop and let the women speak for a change! For real change!
From a 2016 Guardian interview
On a side note, Clive Schlee here continues to say that Pret had “natural” food, even though Pret has been successfully sued for having Glyphosate in the food and having to take the word “natural” off signage and labelling. I write about this in “Pret A Manger – Ready to (ch)eat“.
But this interview is full of @&%!… I can’t believe he keeps getting away with it, and I ask myself what does it take to face the truth away from the delusion?!
The problem with companies that have fools running it is, they may endanger their clients and employees lives. God forbid customers number 1. die, number 2. the company doesn’t do anything until these fatalities become public, and 3. get away with it!
And God forbid that this company gets away with not one, but two customer deaths, a third nearly fatal and numerous hospitalized …
And God forbid even further that staff struggle and suffer, some dying, even by suicide.
And of course who would think that a CEO would sneak out quietly into early retirement, remaining a non-executive Director in the background, working on fixing his reputation with some more charity work and finally reaching out to low-paid workers?
What company would have a fool running its business and ruining a lot of people’s lives?
Good thing the facade of Pret is still in tact! Let the free coffees flow to put the public back to sleep!
That’s all that counts these days.
So, »any damn fool can run Pret!«, and certainly any damn fool can ruin it!
Legacy of a Fool:
Glassdoor July 2019
One of my many articles about and to Clive Schlee, one of which I dedicate to his farewell gift:
So, welcome Pano Christou about whom I write about in: Under New Management Pano Christou, Now CEO of Pret.
UPDATE: October 2019:
And here’s my welcome gift to Pano Christou:
(Smile Pano! Smile, fool!)
Slideshow can be paused
The above slideshow is just a selection, the list goes on in → Pret Staff Complaints
LINK: TWO Pret Staff have died
1 is said to be a suicide.
It’s not the first suicide in Pret!
I continue to ask for INDEPENDENT investigations into staff suicides!
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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