A security guard claims he was sacked from his hotel job – over a remark he made after reporting a drink driver to police.
George McDonald was dismissed from the Chorley North Premier Inn, Malthouse Farm, Moss Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.
Mr McDonald, 52, is appealing against his dismissal for ‘gross misconduct’, after it was deemed a passing remark he made in a corridor contravened the company’s confidentiality policy.
The situation arose after Mr McDonald, who had been in the job for two years, dealt with a guest he described as “legless”, not long after midnight. The man was leaving the premises, but returned.
“He said he’d left his laptop and he’d got a meeting at 7am,” said Mr McDonald.
“He said he was in room 10. I knocked on the door once and got no answer.
“I went back to reception and said I’m not willing to knock people out of bed, come back at 7am and he left. That’s when I phoned the police about him getting back in the car.”
The man left and drove away from the hotel but was breathalysed by police and arrested.
Mr McDonald explained: “At about 6am that morning, a lady was passing in the corridor and said, ‘Have you had a nice night?
“I said there was a bit of a kerfuffle in room 10.
“Apparently it turned out it was this lady’s colleague who was in room 10 and she made a complaint about it. It was just a genuine mistake on my behalf.”
Mr McDonald said it turned out the man had not been a guest in room 10 - but room 24.
Mr McDonald said: “Believe me, this guy was absolutely legless. He was that intoxicated.
“He crashed his car about 20 yards outside the hotel.
“I just felt I’d done the right thing by getting a drunk driver off the road - and I’m in the process of losing my job.
“I feel I’ve done nothing wrong.
“I love that job with a passion.”
He said he was even praised by police for his actions.
Just a few days later Mr McDonald was hauled before bosses and sacked.
A spokesperson for Premier Inn said: “Premier Inn can confirm that a member of staff at our Chorley North site has recently been dismissed. As this is an ongoing investigation we are unable to comment further at this stage.”
Lancashire Police said they received a report of a male who looked intoxicated getting into a car at 12.40am on January 22.
They said, on arrival a silver Renault Meganne had appeared to have collided with a bollard close to the hotel.
The driver was breathalysed and arrested at 1.02am.
They said the 38-year-old, of Chorley, was charged with drink driving, driving without third party insurance and driving a vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
He was bailed and set to appear before Chorley Magistrates’ Court on February 5.
Yesterday, Mr McDonald received a letter from the Criminal Justices System informing him the man appeared at the court on that date and pleaded guilty.
He was fined £300 and his licensed was endorsed for 23 months.
He was also sentenced to a 150-hour community order, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £65 surcharge.