Skip to comments.Luxury hotel manager fired after making vulgar Ash Wednesday remarks
Posted on 03/27/2009 5:54:40 AM PDT by GonzoII
.- 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 hotels 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. Patricks Cathedral. The hotel leases its land from the Catholic Church.
Hotel spokeswoman Teresa Delaney told the Daily News that Leuenbergers 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 Leuenbergers 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.
Lot’s of ‘Happy Ending’ stories around here this morning! Keep up the good work. :)
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?
I'm sure somebody can help with those plans, Mike.
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?"
Kudos to Mr. Cowdray. This CEO has respect and integrity.
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?
said he had no plans to sue.
Probably because they’ll hire him back after the public attention has shifted.
Inappropriate approach to the matter, granted.
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.
Niklaus didn’t wonder about the lines of people snaking around St. Patrick’s Cathedral - right behind his hotel?
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.
Probably because theyll 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!
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 wasn’t fired.
His boss was.
Well no wonder he did not know what he was doing he lost his head back in the 1500’s...lol.
“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?
“Nigel Badminton”??? Sounds like a character in a Monty Python sketch.
I checked this thread to see if any Freepers remembered or brought up Ted Turner’s comment from years ago... On an Ash Wednesday several years ago, Ted Turner was at CNN headquarters and saw some employees with ash on their foreheads and he asked “What is this?! Do we have a bunch of Jesus-freaks working here?!!!” or something like that.
Welcome to the world of selective politically correct language.
What an a-hole!
Hey, Niklaus, you can wipe that grin off your face now.
I believe Ted also made a snide public comment that he thought the employees were survivors of the Seattle earthquake (there was a large earthquake deep underground in the Seattle area shortly before Ash Wednesday that year). Only moderate damage because the quake was so deep.
Leuenberger sounds like a 5-star a##-hole.
Fired? He’s just lucky he didn’t draw a picture of Allah!
I wonder if he knew the significance - I’ve never seen anyone with ashes like that - although I’d like to think I’d be more polite about it.
The hotel is next to St. Paul’s (?) Catholic Church - the most famous one in NYC. The idiot must not have known that the hotel leased the land the hotel is own from the Catholic Church. Whoops!
St. Patrick’s I think. My mistake.
God bless Christopher Cowdray! Lord love him, punching the air and high-fives. He must really be a mensch.
That would result in an even more ‘negative outcome’ for the guy, wouldn’t it?
Tsk. Tsk. So easily offended, those religious fanatics. ;)
no, the bellman who as offended has no plans to sue. He was not fired.
I want to know why it took 30 days for this guy to be fired? It isn’t like the CEO had to take an immigrant ship to NYC.
I'm willing to bet he did. The hotel is across from St. Patrick's Cathedral, where over 60,000 Catholics received ashes this last Ash Wednesday.
Apologies for the duplicate thread.
Don’t remember that remark but just that Turner is an atheist. One Ash Wednesday a group of us went to a Subway’s sandwich shop after mass. The clerk got upset seeing so many of us with ashes on our foreheads. She wanted to know what had happened to us. We explained the Catholic tradition of the ashes and the purpose for them, at which point she haughtily informed us she didn’t think much of Catholics as she thought this was abuse and was going to wash off the ashes! While eating our sandwiches, decided to speak to the store manager about this insensitive behaviour. Don’t know what happened after we left but felt good that we had did the best we could.
>> I wonder if he knew the significance - Ive never seen anyone with ashes like that - although Id like to think Id be more polite about it.
I would imagine it took some time for the issue to work its way up the chain of command.