'Never come back': Chef bans rich diner who paid restaurant's highest bill for treating waitress 'like crap'
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDON: Lee Skeet, a chef from United Kingdom, rebuked a group of affluent diners for behaving inappropriately with the waitress and restricted them from visiting the restaurant again. "I just think we should start calling out rich people who think they can treat people like crap," stated Skeet, a chef at Cora in Cardiff, United Kingdom.
On Twitter, Skeet posted an email where he had addressed the arrogant diners. Regardless of the fact that they had paid his restaurant's highest ever bill ($1,200), he called the group of customers out in the tweet and stood up for his coworker who was being bullied. He also provided an example of a positive workplace at a time when workers are leaving their jobs owing to poor working conditions and supervisors.
Skeet's email started with stating, "Dear xxxxxxx, I wanted to firstly thank you for choosing my restaurant for your meal tonight, and I understand you had the biggest bill we've ever had on one table here. Unfortunately throughout the evening, I was made aware that your party's behavior was inappropriate towards Lily, who runs front-of-house."
I’m not clout chasing or looking for likes.— 𝕃𝕖𝕖 𝕊𝕜𝕖𝕖𝕥 (@leeskeet) May 4, 2022
I just think we should start calling out rich people who think they can treat people like crap pic.twitter.com/sN5wplXDed
"She has told me that as a 22-year-old-girl she was talked down to, disrespected, and touched unwantedly by members of your group," Skeet continued by saying that the incident left her with traumas. "I have spent the last hour having conversations with her that break my heart, make me feel like a s**t employer, and a terrible dad, having my own daughter."
"Please provide your bank details and I will refund your entire bill of £1000 minus £100 that I believe you should have tipped lily, which I will pay directly to her, as you left no tip. I would thank you to never come back to my restaurant. Lily means a lot more to me than money. I also think you should assess the people you surround yourself with Lee," Skeet concluded.
On reflection I reacted too quickly and emotionally last night. Sorry I was a little bit angry and protective.— 𝕃𝕖𝕖 𝕊𝕜𝕖𝕖𝕥 (@leeskeet) May 5, 2022
I’m not going to refund the customer’s money.
I’ve instead kept it and transferred to lily x 😅 pic.twitter.com/in1rsnNNsQ
Chef Lee Skeet subsequently declared that the affluent diners didn't deserve a refund of their bill and chose to give Lily the $1,200 instead. He tweeted, "On reflection, I reacted too quickly and emotionally last night. Sorry, I was a little bit angry and protective. I'm not going to refund the customer's money. I've instead kept it and transferred to Lily x."
Restaurant Cora is a small dining room that seats just 12 people while offering the finest seasonal produce available each day. The visitors receive a prearranged tasting menu. Skeet, who has previously worked for Gordon Ramsay, earned recognition in 2017 when he came dangerously close to dying after being run over by a crane.