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Cardiff chef tells diners to never return to his restaurant and refunds their £1,000 bill

A chef has refunded customers who paid ‘the biggest bill’ his restaurant had ever seen and told them never to return after they ‘disrespected, touched unwantedly and talked down to’ a 22-year-old staff member.

Lee Skeet, from Cardiff, who has worked for Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and Tom Aikens, took to Twitter yesterday to explain why he would be giving back the £1,000 a table of diners had spent at his restaurant, Cora.

He explained that due to the unnamed party’s ‘inappropriate behaviour towards Lily, who runs front of house’, he would be refunding the entire bill of £1,000 – minus £100 he believes they should’ve tipped his employee, and which he claims he will be directly paying to her. 

‘I would thank you to never come back to my restaurant. Lily means a lot more to me than money,’ he added.

Sharing his response to his social media account – because ‘we should start calling out rich people who think they can treat people like c***’, he explained, Lee was inundated with praise from Twitter users.

Lee Skeet (pictured), from Cardiff, who has worked for Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and Tom Aikens, took to Twitter yesterday to explain why he would be giving back the £1,000 a table of diners had spent at his restaurant, Cora

He explained that due to the unnamed party's 'inappropriate behaviour towards Lily, who runs front of house', he would be refunding the entire bill of £1,000 - minus £100 he believes they should've tipped his employee, and which he claims he will be directly paying to her. Pictured, his restaurant

He explained that due to the unnamed party’s ‘inappropriate behaviour towards Lily, who runs front of house’, he would be refunding the entire bill of £1,000 – minus £100 he believes they should’ve tipped his employee, and which he claims he will be directly paying to her. Pictured, his restaurant

'I would thank you to never come back to my restaurant. Lily means a lot more to me than money,' he added in the letter (above)

Lee's letter to the customer

‘I would thank you to never come back to my restaurant. Lily means a lot more to me than money,’ he added in the letter (above)

He wrote online: ‘Dear… 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 behaviour was inappropriate towards Lily, who runs front of house.

‘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.

‘I have spent the last hour having conversations with her that break my heart, make me feel like a s*** employer, and a terrible dad, having my own daughter.

‘Please provide your bank details and I will refund your entire bill of £1,000 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.’

He said he was sharing his response to his social media account (pictured) because 'we should start calling out rich people who think they can treat people like c***'

He said he was sharing his response to his social media account (pictured) because ‘we should start calling out rich people who think they can treat people like c***’ 

Lee posted the note to Twitter alongside the caption: ‘I’m not clout chasing or looking for likes. 

‘I just think we should start calling out rich people who think they can treat people like c***. 

Twitter users were quick to applaud Lee for his actions – but some insisted he should’ve kept their money and simply banned the diners from returning.

One person wrote: ‘Sounds like you and Lily have had a rough evening, Lee. Your response to the trouble makers is excellent. Putting morals above money is a brave and admirable thing to do.’

Reaction: Twitter users were quick to applaud Lee for his actions - but some insisted he should've kept their money and simply banned the diners from returning

Reaction: Twitter users were quick to applaud Lee for his actions – but some insisted he should’ve kept their money and simply banned the diners from returning

Another said: ‘So much admiration for you. This behaviour should never be tolerated. You are so right to call it out… but feel you should have kept their money!

A third added: ‘Horrendous, arrogant and entitled behaviour by people with money. Well done for calling it out. 

‘But he paid for a quality dinning experience, he shouldn’t get his cash back. Give it to charity supporting those in food poverty. He doesn’t deserve it returned. Hope Lily is OK’

A fourth individual wrote: ‘I wish more bosses protected their staff this way! Well done.’



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