Monday, 16 December 2013

Give Jim Knight a job? You must be crazy!

Hospitality is a hard business to work in, I know first hand of the long and unsociable hours including weekends and holiday periods. Christmas day off should be considered a hard fought luxury that only happens very rarely and even if you have the most valid reason not something you should ever expect. One Christmas I was due to be off and it changed last minute, nature of the beast I am afraid. Can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen.

May I introduce you to Jim Knight, a chef who has a massive sense of entitlement. He wanted a weekend off in December and Christmas day off with his 7 and a half month old daughter. Now, this may seem like no big deal but have you ever worked in a pub in December?  It is madness, a real "make hay" situation and the smaller the team the harder it is.

Well he got sacked and decided to use the company twitter account to have a sissy fit.

Pretty disgusting behavior, I most definitely would never give this man a job. The Daily Mail ran a story on it where the landlord, Steve Potts, was clear and concise about what happened. He Jim was only hired in October and told he would be needed every Sunday, he then added;

'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 that Sundays are our busiest days of the week, and that all our chefs have to work that day.'

So it seems Jim decided to throw his weight around. Maybe when he was interviewed he could have asked for Christmas day off to be with his daughter and they could have sorted something but less than three months into a job to start acting all billy big bollocks is just daft. As for the accusation of buying produce from ASDA not only is that down to the head chef but Mr Potts had this to say;

'Our suppliers are transparent: our meat is fresh, never frozen, and comes from Booker’s in High Wycombe and from a local farmer called Peter Vogt,'
'Certain staples of fish come from our nearest supermarket, which is Asda, but the implied suggestion that we are buying cheap meat and passing it off at a premium is, frankly, outrageous and untrue.'

I know who I believe, lets face it Jim has acted like a petulant child and Mr Potts with dignity, even naming a food source, something you can go and check up on. Clearly Jim you are in the wrong line of work, if you want weekend and Christmas off change career, I did for that very reason.

Alas someone has been stupid enough to give him another job, although I suspect it was for PR reasons and they started a Twitter account to announce his hiring. 
Well I would avoid the food from here like the plague. With Jim in the kitchen who knows what will happen, in fact someone else summed it up perfectly so I will let him have the last word.

1 comment:

  1. Amen to this. If the chap decides his family commitments are more important to him then fair play, that is his prerogative but if it means they are no longer compatible with his employment commitments then the only way he has been "unfairly" dismissed is if he is using some definition of the word I am unfamiliar with.