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Man sacked after giving away a box of Pringles loses unfair dismissal case

Hakan Oney was sacked for not following cash handling policy.

Image: Shutterstock/Radek Svehla

A MAN HAS lost his case for unfair dismissal after being accused of a number of malpractices by the hotel he worked in.

Difficulty between Hakan Oney and O’Callaghan Hotels (operated by Persian Properties) arose following a cash integrity audit carried out at the business.

The report that followed this audit highlighted a number of alleged incidents which were in breach of cash handling policy, void procedure and also contained an allegation of theft.

In response, the claimant admitted giving one free box of Pringles to the individual conducting the audit, but denied giving him two.

A subsequent investigation was carried out into the alleged incidents with Oney suspended on full pay pending its outcome.

What exactly happened? 

Oney had started his employment as a duty manager in the hotel in July 2011.

Following the audit in February, seven allegations were made against the claimant, with six of these upheld following an investigation.

These included entering no-sale transactions, cancelling transactions, non-compliance with company cash handling procedures, non-compliance with void procedures and theft of money.

An individual known as P was responsible for carrying out the investigation into the report which had been produced by another person from outside the company who is described as carrying out cash integrity audits across Europe.

The hearing for the claim concluded last month.

The outcome 

In his case to the Employment Appeals Tribunal, the claimant denied a number of the claims made against him, and said that it was the hotel’s own poor procedures that had caused inaccuracies with the cash in the float.

In its conclusion, the tribunal found that Oney had been in breach of cash handling procedures, but that there were weaknesses within these.

For this reason, the tribunal ruled that the dismissal was fair and that the claim failed.

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