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Luxury hotel manager fired after making vulgar Ash Wednesday remarks
CatholicNewsAgency ^ | New York City, N.Y., Mar 26, 2009

Posted on 03/27/2009 5:54:40 AM PDT by GonzoII

Luxury hotel manager fired after making vulgar Ash Wednesday remarks


The New York Palace Hotel / Niklaus Leuenberger

.- The manager of the luxurious New York Palace Hotel was fired after obscenely ordering a Catholic employee to clean the ashes from his forehead on Ash Wednesday.

According to the New York Daily News, on Feb. 25 the hotel’s managing director Niklaus Leuenberger told bell captain Mike Murray “Wipe that f-----g s--t off your face,” referring to the ashes Murray had received at an Ash Wednesday service.

The 893-room five-star hotel is 55 stories tall and is on Madison Avenue across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The hotel leases its land from the Catholic Church.

Hotel spokeswoman Teresa Delaney told the Daily News that Leuenberger’s employment was terminated as of Monday. He had worked at the hotel since May 2007.

Christopher Cowdray, head of the London-based Dorchester Collection which owns the hotel, flew to New York City to personally end Leuenberger’s employment.

“We take the well-being of our employees extremely seriously and that is why our CEO, Mr. Cowdray, went to New York in person to deal with this matter,” the company said.

Bell captain Murray said the general manager wanted the ashes off, “and he knows he was wrong.” He told the Daily News that he had never been approached on a religious issue before. Murray, who had worked at the hotel for 25 years, also said he had no plans to sue.

Nigel Badminton, who was previously the resident manager at the Dorchester in London, is now the acting general manager at the New York Palace.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
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18  And he said to them: I saw Satan like lightning falling from heaven.
1 posted on 03/27/2009 5:54:40 AM PDT by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII

Lot’s of ‘Happy Ending’ stories around here this morning! Keep up the good work. :)


2 posted on 03/27/2009 5:56:20 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: GonzoII

Why does it seem that so many managers of “5-star” hotels and chefs at “5-star” restaurants are such arrogant, condescending, jerks?

Aren’t they really just glorified inn-keepers and cooks?


3 posted on 03/27/2009 5:57:22 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: GonzoII
Murray [...] also said he had no plans to sue.

I'm sure somebody can help with those plans, Mike.

4 posted on 03/27/2009 6:00:53 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: WayneS
Why does it seem that so many managers of “5-star” hotels and chefs at “5-star” restaurants are such arrogant, condescending, jerks?

I worked my way through college in a 5-Star. Actually, much of the time as a bellman.

Most of the staff were guys in college, and a large amount of entrepreneurs, people who owned investment properties or other businesses who needed a steady income and insurance.

One evening, one of our particularly bothersome managers was eating in the employee dining room when a line worker from another department sat across from him and asked "What's it like to manage a bunch of guys who are smarter, better educated, more successful, and make more money than you? That must be tough, huh?"

Classic.

5 posted on 03/27/2009 6:05:57 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: GonzoII

Kudos to Mr. Cowdray. This CEO has respect and integrity.


6 posted on 03/27/2009 6:06:36 AM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: WayneS

When I worked in retail in the 1990s;the corporate elite from New Yorkcame in to tour our store and warehouse;the fellows were wearing $500 suits but had the demeanor and speech of local punks.They didn’t consult with the local team,they delivered demands and orders laced with obscenities and threats of firings.I wondered if they got their MBA from the Mafia?


7 posted on 03/27/2009 6:08:45 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: GonzoII

said he had no plans to sue.

Probably because they’ll hire him back after the public attention has shifted.


8 posted on 03/27/2009 6:09:19 AM PDT by DManA
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To: GonzoII

Inappropriate approach to the matter, granted.


9 posted on 03/27/2009 6:09:21 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
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To: GonzoII

Could you imagine all the things he must have said and done prior to this that didn’t get public exposure. I’d bet the workers there were terrified of him.


10 posted on 03/27/2009 6:09:56 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: GonzoII

Niklaus didn’t wonder about the lines of people snaking around St. Patrick’s Cathedral - right behind his hotel?


11 posted on 03/27/2009 6:10:07 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: GonzoII

Niklaus Leuenberger
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Niklaus Leuenberger (c. 1615 – August 27, 1653) was a leader of the Swiss peasant war of 1653.

He signed the Treaty of Mellingen along with Christian Schybi on June 4, 1653.

After the defeat of the peasants at Herzogenbuchsee in the same month, he was delivered to the Bernese authorities. He was executed by decapitation and drawn and quartered on August 27. His head was nailed to the gallows, and the four parts of his body exhibited on the four highways out Bern.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niklaus_Leuenberger


12 posted on 03/27/2009 6:13:51 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: DManA
said he had no plans to sue.

Probably because they’ll hire him back after the public attention has shifted.

From the article:

Murray, who had worked at the hotel for 25 years, also said he had no plans to sue.

It was the bell captain who said he had no plans to sue, not the fired manager. I think that it was awesome that one of the top dogs of the company flew out to terminate the manager himself!

Mark

13 posted on 03/27/2009 6:18:09 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: DManA

It was the bell-boy who was slandered who stated that he had no plans to sue, not the idiot manager who was fired.


14 posted on 03/27/2009 6:22:34 AM PDT by motoman
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To: DManA

He wasn’t fired.

His boss was.


15 posted on 03/27/2009 6:23:50 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: ETL

Well no wonder he did not know what he was doing he lost his head back in the 1500’s...lol.


16 posted on 03/27/2009 6:27:29 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Mrs. Don-o; Salvation; NYer; narses

Ping.


17 posted on 03/27/2009 6:29:12 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: motoman

“It was the bell-boy who was slandered who stated that he had no plans to sue, not the idiot manager who was fired.”

He turned the other cheek. I wonder where he learned that?


18 posted on 03/27/2009 6:36:50 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: WayneS; motoman; MarkL

Thanks.


19 posted on 03/27/2009 6:59:57 AM PDT by DManA
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To: GonzoII

“Nigel Badminton”??? Sounds like a character in a Monty Python sketch.


20 posted on 03/27/2009 7:23:08 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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