Former Poole chef uses work Twitter account to vent anger over sacking

Bournemouth Echo: Former Poole chef uses work Twitter account to vent anger over sacking Former Poole chef uses work Twitter account to vent anger over sacking

A FORMER Poole chef sacked from his latest job just days before Christmas took to Twitter to vent his anger.

Head chef Jim Knight, who used to work for the Lighthouse in Poole in 2010, used the Twitter account of The Plough pub in Great Haseley, Oxfordshire, to vent his anger, with his messages getting thousands of retweets within minutes.

Landlord of the The Plough pub Steve Potts defended the decision to dismiss Mr Knight, who he said had informed his employer he could not work Christmas Day or any Sundays “in the near future”.

Mr Knight, who said he had set up the Twitter account with the permission of his bosses, began tweeting from @ploughpub on Sunday night.

Bournemouth Echo:

He posted: “We’d like to inform you that we’ve just fired our head chef.

“Unfortunately he wanted to have a weekend off this month and Christmas Day this year for family commitments so we thought we’d sack him.

“Yeah a week before Christmas!

“We don’t care that he has a 7 and a half month old baby daughter.”

Read a column Mr Knight wrote for the Daily Echo in 2010 about the secrets of food photography

Within minutes the account had picked up hundreds of extra followers and Mr Knight’s posts had gone viral.

Yesterday, Mr Potts, landlord of the pub in Rectory Road, said: “When Jim, as head chef, informed me that he would not be working on Christmas Day, and other Sundays in the near future, I was left with little choice but to end our arrangement.

"I had been quite clear with him when he started here in October that Sundays are our busiest days of the week, and that all our chefs have to work that day.”

Bournemouth Echo:

The Plough employs three chefs, all of whom are remaining in their posts over the Christmas period and Mr Potts says he is now recruiting another head chef.

He said: “I’ve been in this business 25 years and have a lot of contacts who have been asking me on an ongoing basis if there is a position available, as this is a fantastic pub to work for.”

Mr Knight said on his personal Twitter account that he asked for the time off so he could spend it with his new baby daughter. From his personal account – @chefjimknight – he posted: “It’s my daughter’s first Christmas. I wouldn't miss that for ANYTHING.”

He also claimed the pub buys some of its food from Asda, but Mr Potts said that was untrue and that the pub only visited its nearest supermarket – which happens to be an Asda — for “certain staples”. He added: “The implied suggestion that we are buying cheap meat and passing it off at a premium is, frankly, outrageous and untrue.”

Charles Methven, one of the shareholders, said the pub had changed the password on the account.

The Plough was bought by the local community in June 2012 after the village’s residents raised £400,000 to keep it open.

Bruce Seymour-Taylor, who lives opposite the pub and was involved in trying to save it, said: “We set up a company with a board to manage the purchase of the pub but we have a tenant in there who manages it on a daily basis.

“I don’t know about this so I cannot comment.”

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10:41am Tue 17 Dec 13

Huey says...

Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours.
It comes with the job.
Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing.
Time for a career change.
Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours. It comes with the job. Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing. Time for a career change. Huey

11:25am Tue 17 Dec 13

Lord Spring says...

Huey wrote:
Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours.
It comes with the job.
Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing.
Time for a career change.
Are you working Christmas Day ?
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours. It comes with the job. Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing. Time for a career change.[/p][/quote]Are you working Christmas Day ? Lord Spring

11:39am Tue 17 Dec 13

mightyturbo says...

Could someone please explain how this is news? A guy who used to live in our area has been sacked from a job in another area around 100 miles away?

He couldn't meet the requirements, he got sacked. Big deal.

Oh and by the way, good luck in your next interview. Lets hope they don't find out about your Twitter episode.

Another piece of second rate journalism by the Daily Echo.
Could someone please explain how this is news? A guy who used to live in our area has been sacked from a job in another area around 100 miles away? He couldn't meet the requirements, he got sacked. Big deal. Oh and by the way, good luck in your next interview. Lets hope they don't find out about your Twitter episode. Another piece of second rate journalism by the Daily Echo. mightyturbo

12:26pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Old Colonial says...

mightyturbo wrote:
Could someone please explain how this is news? A guy who used to live in our area has been sacked from a job in another area around 100 miles away?

He couldn't meet the requirements, he got sacked. Big deal.

Oh and by the way, good luck in your next interview. Lets hope they don't find out about your Twitter episode.

Another piece of second rate journalism by the Daily Echo.
This was also in the Daily Telegraph (probably amongst other papers) and just goes to show the depths to which 'journalism' has now dropped.
[quote][p][bold]mightyturbo[/bold] wrote: Could someone please explain how this is news? A guy who used to live in our area has been sacked from a job in another area around 100 miles away? He couldn't meet the requirements, he got sacked. Big deal. Oh and by the way, good luck in your next interview. Lets hope they don't find out about your Twitter episode. Another piece of second rate journalism by the Daily Echo.[/p][/quote]This was also in the Daily Telegraph (probably amongst other papers) and just goes to show the depths to which 'journalism' has now dropped. Old Colonial

12:30pm Tue 17 Dec 13

GeorgeW64 says...

And this took 3 years to report on .
And this took 3 years to report on . GeorgeW64

12:31pm Tue 17 Dec 13

retry69 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Huey wrote:
Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours.
It comes with the job.
Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing.
Time for a career change.
Are you working Christmas Day ?
Have you ever got anything serious to say ? :)
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours. It comes with the job. Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing. Time for a career change.[/p][/quote]Are you working Christmas Day ?[/p][/quote]Have you ever got anything serious to say ? :) retry69

12:42pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Huey says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Huey wrote: Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours. It comes with the job. Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing. Time for a career change.
Are you working Christmas Day ?
Am I a chef?
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours. It comes with the job. Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing. Time for a career change.[/p][/quote]Are you working Christmas Day ?[/p][/quote]Am I a chef? Huey

1:32pm Tue 17 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

There is more to this story, but the guy obviously has a basic problem with the working environment in his chosen career. But no doubt there will be someone with a far more realistic work ethic only too pleased to take his job.

As for the immature twitter remarks, it concerns me that he is bringing up a child!
There is more to this story, but the guy obviously has a basic problem with the working environment in his chosen career. But no doubt there will be someone with a far more realistic work ethic only too pleased to take his job. As for the immature twitter remarks, it concerns me that he is bringing up a child! muscliffman

2:16pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Lord Spring says...

retry69 wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
Huey wrote:
Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours.
It comes with the job.
Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing.
Time for a career change.
Are you working Christmas Day ?
Have you ever got anything serious to say ? :)
No. It would cause an argument
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours. It comes with the job. Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing. Time for a career change.[/p][/quote]Are you working Christmas Day ?[/p][/quote]Have you ever got anything serious to say ? :)[/p][/quote]No. It would cause an argument Lord Spring

12:10pm Wed 18 Dec 13

scrumpyjack says...

Lord Spring wrote:
retry69 wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
Huey wrote: Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours. It comes with the job. Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing. Time for a career change.
Are you working Christmas Day ?
Have you ever got anything serious to say ? :)
No. It would cause an argument
No it wouldn't.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Dont be a chef if you don't want to work unsocial hours. It comes with the job. Bit like working in an office and saying that you hate computers and the phone ringing. Time for a career change.[/p][/quote]Are you working Christmas Day ?[/p][/quote]Have you ever got anything serious to say ? :)[/p][/quote]No. It would cause an argument[/p][/quote]No it wouldn't. scrumpyjack

5:08pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Peroni says...

muscliffman wrote:
There is more to this story, but the guy obviously has a basic problem with the working environment in his chosen career. But no doubt there will be someone with a far more realistic work ethic only too pleased to take his job.

As for the immature twitter remarks, it concerns me that he is bringing up a child!
Some people take a job then hey they have kids !
It's good to grow up with your kids like spend a Xmas with them or a Sunday.
I thought in this day and age employers should be a bit sympathetic to employees with kids ( and I don't mean just bow to every whim)
Some employers use bully boy tactics ,and use the threat of unemployment to to keep employees in check.So if he went sick on any other day how would this employer cope ...agency ,paying extra to some one to cover ,just boils down to money......but then he is saving money by just buying pasties from Asda and warming them up ! So why does he need a chef ? People who do work would also like some quality home time with family , Xmas and Sundays too much for the employer ......... Shame on the pasty warming buffoon !
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: There is more to this story, but the guy obviously has a basic problem with the working environment in his chosen career. But no doubt there will be someone with a far more realistic work ethic only too pleased to take his job. As for the immature twitter remarks, it concerns me that he is bringing up a child![/p][/quote]Some people take a job then hey they have kids ! It's good to grow up with your kids like spend a Xmas with them or a Sunday. I thought in this day and age employers should be a bit sympathetic to employees with kids ( and I don't mean just bow to every whim) Some employers use bully boy tactics ,and use the threat of unemployment to to keep employees in check.So if he went sick on any other day how would this employer cope ...agency ,paying extra to some one to cover ,just boils down to money......but then he is saving money by just buying pasties from Asda and warming them up ! So why does he need a chef ? People who do work would also like some quality home time with family , Xmas and Sundays too much for the employer ......... Shame on the pasty warming buffoon ! Peroni

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