Little chef waitress sacked for taking home lunch

By Luke Nicholls

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Lynn Smith was sacked from this Little Chef in Talke, Staffordshire
Lynn Smith was sacked from this Little Chef in Talke, Staffordshire
A Little Chef waitress has lost a compensation claim for unfair dismissal having been sacked for taking home a slice of apple pie.

Lynn Smith, 52, took the dessert home because she had been too busy to finish her lunch during a shift at a Little Chef restaurant in Talke, Staffordshire.

"The majority of national catering businesses in the UK have specific rules surrounding the unauthorised removal of food from premises and Little Chef is no different,” said a spokesperson for Little Chef.

"The tribunal judge accepted that we acted within the bounds of reasonable behaviour and we now consider the issue to be closed."

The roadside chain has banned employees from taking company food off premises and dismissed Smith after catching her leaving with the pie on CCTV. Although she had been given permission to eat the pie, which normally costs £3.99, inside the restaurant, bosses insisted that she knew she was breaking company rules by taking it home.

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Apple Pie

Posted by Craig,

I can only assume that her little chef boss was looking for a reason to sack her. No employer would sack someone they valued for this petty episode.

All in all though its terrible PR for little Chef who already have a fairly poor public image, was it worth it?

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Management

Posted by Chris,

You have to wonder about the time and costs spent to have this employee dismissed. Sounds like a legal witch hunt

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Little Chef

Posted by Paul,

The PR damage these big companies inflict on themselves by their adherence to company policy is unbelievable ! I feel sorry for the people with this mentality. No wonder Little Chef looks like a relic from the sixties !The service and the food are still in that decade.

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