Away in Pret A Manger adVENT Calendar 2021


This is my third Away in Pret A Manger adVENT Calendar with new and surprising non-sweet items behind each “door”.




Every day until the big day there will be a surprise behind the door, linked from this page.

This year I thought I’d challenge myself and for the next 24 days will go through the alphabet in relation to anything regarding Pret. Yes, the alphabet has 26 letters, but some letters prove challenging, so I give myself 2 jokers here 😉

The jokers may be a repeated letter or even a number.

For those who follow my blog, some of the issues behind the “doors” will not be new to you. Please bear with it as there are daily new readers, who don’t know the issues related to Pret and my traumatic experience with that company.

The above Santa Clown is current CEO Pano Christou who deleted his Twitter account in July 2019 after I kept tweeting to the press, also pointing out his Twitter account. Mr. Christou “hides” on Linkedin where toxic positivity rules, and business people tell Pret sweet little nothings, “sliming” Pret (licking boots). Under Christou’s leadership UK shops collapse, while expanding in other countries where Pret’s reputation isn’t as tarnished as in the UK and while people on Linkedin tell Pano how awesome he is while his shops are in shambles. More on this a few doors down the line in the coming days.

So, what to do when running the ship into an iceberg and not taking responsibility to fix the mess first? The Captain jumps ship and opens a new fleet elsewhere to keep catering to tax-haven Luxembourg based owners JAB Holdings via the second riches family of Germany the Reimanns.

I use parody style of “activism” to point out issues in Pret from a behind the scenes look. I guarantee it’s free of anything that may harm your eyes, but it may crush your heart if you care. It’s packed full with ingredients of experience, observation, tons of my own research that journalists and Wikipedia like to nick from, reviews from Pret’s little helpers and other staff members’ accounts. Plus lots and lots of customer complaints.

It’s going to be heart-wrenching with some eye-openers for new readers. Plenty of bags stuffed with a good peek behind the doors of the well polished, glittering PR[et] facade.

Each door will open automatically on social media, as the posts are scheduled to open each day at a certain time.

BUT, don’t you cheat! Don’t prematurely open a door of a later day here, like you used to do as a kid with the chocolate calendar! If you do, Santa Clown will punish you with a wrongly labelled product! 😉



Day 1 The Door – open A – The Pret A Manger Anthem

Day 2 The Door – open B – Bug Collection

Day 3 The Door – open C – Pret’s Charity Projects

Day 4 The Door – open D – Pret Delete former staff comments on social media

Day 5 The Door – open E – The Endless Pret A Manger Lies

Day 6 The Door – open F – Freshness of Pret products questionable – Former staff speak out

Day 7 The Door – open G – Great Company in Risk of Ruin

Day 8 The Door – open H – HELL

Day 9 The Door – open I – Imaginary Interview with Pret

Day 10 The Door – open J – Julian Metcalfe and Jeffrey Epstein’s “little black book”

Day 11 The Door – open K – The reason former Pret CEO Clive Schlee made the £1K announcement

Day 12 The Door – open L – The Pret A Manger Love Treatment incl. part of Leaked video zoom call

Day 13 The Door – open M – Pret’s micromanaging Mystery Shopper scheme

Day 14 The Door – open N – Nip & Tuck

Day 15 The Door – open O – Oh no! Oh dear! Oh gosh!

Day 16 The Door – open P – Pret Perks

Day 17 The Door – open Q – QR Codes and “Technical Issues”

Day 18 The Door – open R – Rat A Manger & Pret A Maggot (Pests in Pret)

Day 19 The Door – open S – The Strike announcement that was silenced by Pret

Day 20 The Door – open T – TooGoodToGo Expired Food SALE, including HOT cooled down food under Pret’s “charity” umbrella

Day 21 The Door – open U – Pret is Union busting, join

Day 22 The Door – open V – Video killed the Pret A Manger

Day 23 The Door – open W – Wage Theft in Pret

Day 24 The Door – open Y – #YourPretBarista coffee subscription complaints in the thousands – Last and certainly not least, an early Christmas present from the BBC!

BONUS for the New Year: Pret’s Year-in-Review 2021

Last year’s Away in Pret A Manger adVENT calendar 2020

Away in Pret A Manger adVENT calendar 2019

Next year’s adVENT calendar 2022 is still a closed secret, so don’t cheat!

Extensive accounts of Pret’s systemic bullying behind the facade, also witnessed by customers: Caught in the Act at Pret.


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I worked at Pret A Manger 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 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.

Please also see the MEDIA page for more.

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