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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
KEYWORDS: antichristianity; catholic
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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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To: GonzoII

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.


21 posted on 03/27/2009 7:24:59 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: GonzoII

What an a-hole!


22 posted on 03/27/2009 7:36:47 AM PDT by steve-b (Intelligent design is to evolutionary biology what socialism is to free-market economics.)
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To: GonzoII

Hey, Niklaus, you can wipe that grin off your face now.

23 posted on 03/27/2009 7:38:00 AM PDT by eastsider
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To: ReleaseTheHounds

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.


24 posted on 03/27/2009 7:39:05 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (January 20th, 2009.....A Day That Will Live in Infamy)
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To: GonzoII

Leuenberger sounds like a 5-star a##-hole.


25 posted on 03/27/2009 7:50:38 AM PDT by isom35
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Fired? He’s just lucky he didn’t draw a picture of Allah!


26 posted on 03/27/2009 7:55:44 AM PDT by 50sDad (The mainstream media is the only watch dog that decides what it is going to bark at.)
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To: GonzoII

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.


27 posted on 03/27/2009 7:58:50 AM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: GonzoII

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!


28 posted on 03/27/2009 8:01:41 AM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Frantzie

St. Patrick’s I think. My mistake.


29 posted on 03/27/2009 8:04:30 AM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: GonzoII

God bless Christopher Cowdray! Lord love him, punching the air and high-fives. He must really be a mensch.


30 posted on 03/27/2009 8:23:14 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Mammalia Primatia Hominidae Homo sapiens. Still working on the "sapiens" part.)
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To: 50sDad

That would result in an even more ‘negative outcome’ for the guy, wouldn’t it?

Tsk. Tsk. So easily offended, those religious fanatics. ;)


31 posted on 03/27/2009 8:28:21 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: DManA

no, the bellman who as offended has no plans to sue. He was not fired.


32 posted on 03/27/2009 8:33:21 AM PDT by reaganaut (ex-mormon, now Christian. "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: GonzoII

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.


33 posted on 03/27/2009 8:34:48 AM PDT by reaganaut (ex-mormon, now Christian. "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: gondramB
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.

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.

34 posted on 03/27/2009 9:11:25 AM PDT by Lorica
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Apologies for the duplicate thread.


35 posted on 03/27/2009 9:51:03 AM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer
no big deal, we've all done it before...BTW, the story was posted a couple of days ago.

 

New York Palace Hotel boss Niklaus Leuenberger gets the door after Ash Wednesday slur

36 posted on 03/27/2009 10:57:22 AM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds; NYer

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.


37 posted on 03/27/2009 3:06:34 PM PDT by tob2 (Fox News Fan)
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To: Lorica

>> 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.


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. <<

Excellent point.


38 posted on 03/27/2009 3:50:16 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: reaganaut
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 would imagine it took some time for the issue to work its way up the chain of command.

39 posted on 03/28/2009 8:20:51 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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