Former Pret OPs Manager Manuela (Manny) Matern Publicly Lied

I was recently insulted over a hundred times on Facebook by a guy to whom I pointed out Pret’s mouldy food. Warning people about potential food poisoning, especially after 2 customers died in Pret and over 20 got injured from unlabelled/mislabelled allergen, I was met with hostility by this James guy on Facebook.

After a lot of “interaction” and his insults, he posted an interesting comment about Manny Matern without even mentioning he rlast name! Manny is a former Operations manager (OPs) who supposedly gave me a hard time on social media. Once he wrote that weird comment, I remembered I wanted to put an interaction on my blog on how Manny lied publicly under a post on Linkedin where Pret CEO Pano Christou was also tagged in and would be notified to see my post.

I found it weird that this guy mentioned Manny. And then taking a closer look at his photos, there seems to be a resemblance!

I initially wanted to put the Facebook guy James’ comments here as I screenshot all his insults, but I don’t want to give this toxic guy any space here, and ideally I don’t want to give Manny any space. But I find it important to call her out as I had personal encounters with her.

She was part of the management team in an area where I was bullied and she took part in it against me while I was traumatically bereaved which she knew about.

I left Pret almost 2018 when I started to publicly expose Pret. I January 2021 Manny “liked” a pinned tweet I have about former CEO Clive Schlee. Manny knew Clive well as she worked for over 20 years in Pret. She literally clicked “like” on it.

I then asked her publicly on Twitter to press unlike as I don’t want any affiliation with her and her on my social media. I also publicly asked her on Linkedin. For 6+ months she kept ignoring my request.

I finally then asked this request again publicly under CEO Pano Christou’s Linkedin post, tagging Manny in.

She then lied that she never liked anything etc. And then I posted a screenshot of her “like” under Pano Christou’s Linkedin. She then blocked me, which was about time and I called her out publicly, like she assisted a main bully who asked Manny for help against me.

And then, years later when Manny saw how I kick Pret’s butt via myblog and also the press, she thought she could show me some “solidarity” by clicking “like” on my pinned tweet. No, girl, you go back to Pret and keep sucking up to them. As an Operations Manager in 2015 when I was targeted by Ivana, your colleague, you had every opportunity to put Ivana in her place and support me, knowing I just lost my brother.

So, Manny, if you’re reading this, thank James (who looks similar to you) for pointing you out on Facebook, because I completely forgot to put your lie on my blog. back in 2021.




After months of me asking her publicly on Twitter and Linkedin to “unlike” my pinned tweet, I asked her again publicly under CEO Pano Christou’s Linkedin. Mr. Christou deleted his Twitter account in July 2019 after I linked his Twitter account to the press when Clive Schlee’s “retirement” was announced. He then shifted to Linked in where business people tell him all day how wonderful he is, while shops are in shambles and sell mouldy food.




Manny, quote: “I have never nor would I like any of your posts on any social media platform …”

Liar, liar!


I learnt from people like Manny, and the bully Ivana Hrmova and all the other toxic, lying OPs managers to always keep evidence and everything in writing. And now I shove it back at all the current and former Pret execs.



I worked at Pret A Manger and survived systemic workplace bullying (in which Manny Matern was part of) 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 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.
An incomplete list on what other Pret staff say about Pret’s bullying environment: Caught in the Act Bullying at Pret.
I tell my story for the first time verbally in below audio player interview on a podcast by The Adam Paradox, and wrote two articles in the Scottish Left Review.

NEW: Podcast.

Please also see the MEDIA page for more.

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