Having a face.
And seeing a face in front of them.
Look at these beautiful, clean, rich, white, smiley faces.
Look at them.
Aren’t they beautiful?
Ready to eat?
Just a feast to look at, hey.
They are right now in their homes, or on the golf course, or on holiday in the mountains, or shopping for a new mortgage.
They cradle their kids and chase their dogs. They eat and shit and drink wine, like you and I.
Their wine and their toilet paper is just a little more expensive than yours and mine. Why?
Oh … don’t ask…
What makes Pret A Manger responsible (and inexcusable in their actions)?
Once they got to know me,
once they saw and heard me,
once I had a face to look at,
a voice to listen to,
having been a person in front of them,
not just some faceless number far away on the shop floor;
once I was a tangible human being before their eyes
they still, they STILL decided that I was in the way of profit …
and with that, all my fellow human beings that digg’d the dirt for these arrogant people… are in their way
You are beautiful, white, rich, educated assholes who spit on those who pay your rent.
Let me repeat.
You are ugly, white trash, lacking emotional intelligence and care, you shit on those who pay your rent.
You are greedy insecure cowards, and you skipped out once the wolves of private equity came in.
You made a decision Clive Schlee.
The decision you made was many years ago, when you and your friends, Sinclair Beecham and Julian Metcalfe got your heads together and had this bright idea that you would be the king of the high-street.
And Clive Schlee, Pano Chrsitou, Nick Davis, David Carter, Lila Warren … I know you sleep well.
You know why I know you sleep well?
Because you are angels of light.
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The above slideshow is just a selection, the list goes on in → Pret Staff Complaints.
And extensive accounts of Pret’s systemic bullying behind the facade, also witnessed by customers: Caught in the Act at Pret.
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 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 two articles in the Scottish Left Review: 1. “Late Night Girl’s” Story with Pret and 2. Pushing Back Against Pret.
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