A London law firm said it was investigating after a Cardiff restaurant owner complained his waitress had been treated “shamefully” by a group of customers.
Chef Lee Skeet, owner of Cora restaurant in the capital, said he was furious after his 22-year-old waitress, Elisabeth Griffith, told him how she had been treated.
He then decided to give her the entire £1,000 bill spent by customers after feeling like a ‘crappy employer’.
Ince, a London-listed law firm, told the Telegraph newspaper that they had opened an investigation after the restaurant owner’s complaint. The investigation will be conducted by the firm’s independent directors.
A spokesperson for Ince said: “The company has become aware of allegations in the media regarding senior executives attending a dinner party on Wednesday evening.
“The independent directors have therefore opened a formal investigation. While it is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further.
The email to customers shared by Lee Skeet online had included the name of one of its recipients.
Lee Skeet first contacted the person who booked the table and told him he would refund the £1,000 bill – minus £100 for a tip for the member of staff, as they didn’t leave one – provided they never visited the restaurant again.
Later he changed his mind and said he would keep the money and give it entirely to Elisabeth.
On reflection, I reacted too quickly and emotionally last night. Sorry, I was a little angry and protective.
I will not refund the customer’s money.
I instead kept it and transferred it to lily x 😅 pic.twitter.com/in1rsnNNsQ
— 𝕃𝕖𝕖 𝕊𝕜𝕖𝕖𝕥 (@leeskeet) May 5, 2022
“It’s just me and [the waitress] who work at the restaurant and we are very close,” Lee Skeet said at the time. “She’s really like a girl figure to me – so I’m very protective and could tell something was wrong.
“When [she] came to me after shift, she was a bit more upset and told me how they were and one of them grabbed her arm a bit aggressively.
“It really upset me to be honest – I have a daughter.”
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