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expret.org Former Pret A Manger Employee Speaks Out

expret.org Former Pret A Manger Employee Speaks Out

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Various subjects in Pret A Manger from a former employee having survived systemic workplace bullying during bereavement. Subjects covered are staff issues like exploitation, extreme emotional labour under strict weekly mystery shopper visits, labelling issues, allergen, customer fatalities, under-staffing, non-fresh food etc. For more issues in Pret please visit expret.org --- as well as my YouTube playlist where customer pictures of mouldy food are posted --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkibPbQI5YE&list=PLV9iPgXsChP9ZZW2QQ6zpc323nYo8aXU1
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1 - To Friends, Foes, and Strangers

expret.org Former Pret A Manger Employee Speaks Out

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Lose, Loss, Lost …
I made a mistake in the original blog post that the audio conversion copied. I saw my friend last in 2013 not 2007. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://expret.org/2022/08/05/lose-loss-lost 
09:31
August 05, 2022
Friendships and Sabotage
Friendships and sabotage.
34:47
July 21, 2022
Pret A Manger CEO Pano Christou's 2021 payrise AND £4.2million bonus after cutting staff pay
Pret A Manger CEO Pano Christou's 2021 payrise AND £4.2million bonus after cutting staff pay.  In this Anchor podcast a few weeks ago I already spoke about Christou's £300K pay in 2020 and that there's a reason why he didn't tell how much he got paid in 2021 PLUS millions in bonus. Well, a journalist finally digged deeper and found that Christou received a payrise to £400K in 2021 AND £4.2million in bonus after cutting hours, cuttin pay,cutting benefits, cutting paid breaks of his lowest paid staff. I also tlak about that Pret delayed paying staff twice this year and the NHS freebie PR stunt in 2020.  Thanks for listening.  For more info, please see:  Delayed pay: https://expret.org/pret-a-manger-new-pr-stunt-payrise-in-pennies  NHS freebie PR stunt: https://expret.org/2020/03/26/to-nhs-employees  Wage Theft in Pret: https://expret.org/2021/06/16/pret-a-manger-wage-theft-everywhere  Podcast theme music by Lemon Muisc Studio “The Cradle Of Your Soul”  - #WageTheft #MinimumWage #WorkPlaceBullying #PretAManger  #Pret #NHS #MysteryShopper #EmotionalLabour #EmotionalLabor #PanoChristou #CEOPanoChristou #PretCEO 
25:51
July 15, 2022
Questions to Lila Tighilt Warren #PretAManger
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://expret.org/2020/06/09/questions-to-lila-tighilt-warren 
14:37
June 29, 2022
Life, Death, Balcony, Sun
Just some thoughts from recent struggles. 
32:08
June 28, 2022
PTSD - Anxiety, Anger, Trauma
In this short episode I included 2 psychologists who speak about PTSD. I have had very bad few days/weeks recently. I'm trying to cope. 
18:54
May 27, 2022
The World is a Cruel Place, BUT
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://expret.org/2022/05/17/the-world-is-a-cruel-place-but 
05:11
May 18, 2022
Pret A Manger Bullying Culture - Part 1
In these 3 part episodes I share in detail what I went through in Pret after my brother died. I couldn't keep this one short as the story is very complex and I was targeted for at least 6 months straight before my ordeal with HR started. For more and general info, please visit expret.org 
46:45
May 02, 2022
Pret A Manger Bullying Culture - Part 2
Part 2 of my personal story with Pret's extreme bullying environment and when I targeted. For general info on Pret's bullying culture, please see: https://expret.org/2019/10/28/caught-in-the-act-at-pret 
49:57
May 02, 2022
Pret A Manger Bullying Culture - Part 3
Last part 3 of my Pret systemic bullying experience that reached to the top levels, including former CEO Clive Schlee. I may do a fourth episode explaining how Clive Schlee was involved and the most horrible thing Pret did via a development manager. I write about this here: https://expret.org/2020/06/09/questions-to-lila-tighilt-warren 
01:11:38
May 02, 2022
1 - To Friends, Foes, and Strangers
Upfront, sorry for the LOW VOLUME, this is the first episode I've done spontaneously, having had a cold and using an old phone. Apologies. The other episodes are louder and clearer. ---  I didn't want to do a podcast, and don't really call this a podcast as such as I am more waffling along, but I've written a lot about my brother and then later about my former workplace Pret A Manger where I was bullied during bereavement. I write extensively on this and other issues on expret.org ---  My mum's death during lock-down in 2021 is hitting me at the moment of recording and beyond. I couldn't bury her, and like with my brother, everything about my family's passing seems not normal and I am just moving in an ongoing Twilight Zone.  Some of you who know me only a little bit or since recently may be shocked what I share about Pret. But my story is very complex since my brother died and I have become tired of writing and just want to speak from my gut. I have evidence that I share on my blog as well as customers and staff sharing their experiences. ---  I never thought I'd lose almost every friend I've ever had, almost from the moment my I received the news of his death. Apologies in advance for the bad language. But it is what it is. 
37:15
May 01, 2022
2 - Systems
After spontaneously sharing about my losses etc. (apologies for doing these with a cold), I want to continue on a subject to do with systems. We all see people, organizations, issues in a certain way. The American journalist, political show host Rachel Maddow has a sentence on her Twitter profile that says, "I see political people". Her subject is politics. My subjects are a variety, but I see Systems. Everywhere, and this since all that happened in my life since 2015. 
45:18
May 01, 2022
3 - My Ordeal with the NHS Mental Health System
Since my brother died in Dec. 2014, which I only found out in Jan. 2015 and that he was already cremated without our knowledge, I tried to find help and never expected to be sent around in circles. My ordeal didn't get better after the bullying in Pret and losing my dad, and now mum. This Part 3 is a continuation of Part 2 "Systems" and zooms in on the NHS mental health service.  There is a systemic refusal to acknowledge trauma and grief. 
56:04
May 01, 2022
Ongoing Mislabelling at Pret A Manger (2)
Part 2 of the ongoing mislabelling issues at Pret, even after 2 customers died and over a dozen further allergen injuries. I expand on the infamous Barbican Center seminar I touched on in Part 1: https://anchor.fm/expretdotorg/episodes/Ongoing-Mislabelling-at-Pret-A-Manger-1-e1ho3pu  Also see "Allergy Trial 2021" on another customer injury who almost became the third fatality:  https://anchor.fm/expretdotorg/episodes/Pret-A-Manger-Allergy-Trial-2021-2-e1ho3tf  For other issues in Pret, please visit expret.org 
16:40
May 01, 2022
Pret CEO Pano Christou's £300,000 Pay
In this episode I want to show the contrast in pay which is "normal" in business, but I want to call out Pret's PR stunts especially what they did just before first lock-down in March 2020 in regards to NHS workers. For a written version please visit: https://expret.org/2022/01/15/pret-a-manger-misinformed-the-press 
23:50
April 30, 2022
FREE Coffees in Pret A Manger
I explain in detail why Pret don't do loyalty cards and why Pret's freebie policy is discriminatory. For screenshots of customers and former staff tweets, please see the blog post version, link below.  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://expret.org/2019/03/29/pret-free-coffees/
19:25
April 28, 2022
I was Team Leader Responsible for Health & Safety but Pret did NOT tell us of Allergen Deaths
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://expret.org/2022/02/21/pret-allergen-issues/
06:50
April 28, 2022
Pret A Manger's Strict Mystery Shopper Scheme
As a former Pret staff I explain in detail how Pret's weekly strict mystery shopper scheme works and why low-wage staff smile so much in an intensely stressful work environment. For more info, please see: https://expret.org/2021/03/13/pretamanger-staff-dont-look-happy 
01:08:49
April 27, 2022
Pret A Manger Allergy Trial 2021 (3)
This is an ongoing piece on Pret's allergen issues after "Ongoing Mislabelling" Part 1 & 2.  As a former Pret A Manger staff I explain how Pret keeps being cleared of responsibility after another customer got injured after eating an unlabelled allergen in a product. This is mainly about the training issues at Pret, or rather the lack thereof. For further info, please see: https://expret.org/2021/05/06/roberto-rodriguez-pret-a-manger-allergen-trial 
21:51
April 27, 2022
Ongoing Mislabelling at Pret A Manger (1)
As a former Pret A Manger staff I explain in detail why Pret continue to have issues with mislabelling of products, even in 2022, despite 2 customers having died in 2016 and 2017, and over a dozen further allergen injuries. For further information, please see https://expret.org/grief-mental-health/open-letters-to-pret/how-to-cards/prets-labelling-commitment 
43:05
April 27, 2022
Open Letter to a Prosecutor
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://expret.org/2022/03/19/letter-to-kate-brenner-qc-allergen-trial/
23:34
April 27, 2022
Recruiting for Personality rather than Skill can be FATAL - AUDIO Version
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://expret.org/2022/03/26/pret-a-manger-personality-versus-skill-dangers/
10:47
April 27, 2022