Chef gives a £1000 bill to a waitress who was ‘disrespected’ by a guest

Lee Skeet tells his Twitter followers his waitress Lily is receiving £1,000 after a customer acted ‘inappropriately’ towards her

Cora’s head chef and owner, Lee Skeet, shared an email he wrote to a group of rude diners at his Cardiff restaurant. (Credit: @leeskeet/Twitter)

A young waitress has been given £1,000 by a pub owner after a group of “arrogant” diners acted “inappropriately” towards her.

Lee Skeet, chef and owner of Cardiff-based fine dining restaurant Cora, shared the story of the suffering his waiter had to endure with his Twitter followers, says “we should start calling the rich to think they can treat everyone like cr**”.

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Customers were said to have touched the young woman “unintentionally”, Lee said she was also “slandered” and “disrespected” by the group.

The chef has now announced the £1,000 that diners, who did not leave a tip for the waiter, spent on the bill which has now gone directly to Elisabeth, also known as Lily, as a statement apologizes for the behavior she has endured and asks the group to “never go back” to Cora.

Coda’s head chef and owner, Lee Skeet, shared an email he wrote to a group of rude diners at his Cardiff restaurant. (Credit: @leeskeet/Twitter)

The original chef wanted a refund for the table

Sharing the story on his Twitter page, Lee, who has trained under the direction of Gordon Ramsey and Marcus Wareing, shared an email he wrote to the client group on Wednesday, May 4.

The email reads: “First of all, I wanted to thank you for choosing my restaurant for dinner tonight and I understand you had the biggest bill we’ve ever had on a table here. Unfortunately, during the course of the evening, I learned that the behavior of the group of friends was not appropriate for Lily, who was running in front of the house.

“She told me that, as a 22-year-old girl, she was begrudgingly belittled, disrespected and touched by the members of your group. I spent the last hour chatting with her breaking my heart, making me feel like a terrible owner and a terrible father to have my own daughter.”

The chef originally intended to refund the table their £1,000 bill minus a £100 tip, after the table left the restaurant without giving their struggling waiter the money.

Lee continued: “Please provide your bank details and I will refund your entire £1,000 bill, minus the £100 which I believe you should have paid Lily, which I will pay. pay her directly when you don’t leave a tip. I thank you so much for never coming back to my restaurant. To me, Lily means more than money. I also think you should judge the people around you.”

In his caption, Lee said that “we should start calling out the rich who think they can treat people like cr**”.

Change of plans when Lily gets a £1,000 bill

After Lee’s tweet received thousands of likes and retweets, along with messages of support from strangers, 24 hours later, the chef claimed that he was “too quick to react and too emotional”.

“I reacted too quickly and was too emotional last night,” he said. Sorry for being a bit angry and protective.”

Lee confirmed that £1000 will not be returned to the rude group of diners and will instead go to Lily.

“I will not give refunds to customers,” he said. Instead, I kept it and passed it on to Lily. ”

Followers celebrate Lee’s decision

Lee’s Twitter followers applauded the board’s decision not to issue a refund.

“I really hope you make it,” said Jack Monroe, an anti-poverty campaigner. Action in class Lee x”

She added that chefs should report the table for their unwarranted touch with Lily, adding: “I would also like to contact human resources at their company and suggest they cannot claim a refund. that expense. Their behavior is hardly a flashy advertisement for the company, and having to stand in front of it on their own will likely make them pause to think about the consequences…”

Another follower echoed Jack’s words, saying: “Good job man. Unforgivable behavior. They certainly don’t deserve a refund.” Chef gives a £1000 bill to a waitress who was ‘disrespected’ by a guest


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