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Court hears that employee drank wine belonging to Settle hotel
11:05am Friday 27th June 2014 in News
THE general manager of the Falcon Hotel, Settle, stole bottles of wine together worth more than £200 to drink in his room after falling out with the owners, Skipton magistrates heard.
Andrew Massey, 45, worked at the hotel in March for less than three weeks after being placed there by a London-based management agency, the court was told.
He had been employed by the company to work alongside the owner, managing director, Richard Atherton, to turn it from a bed and breakfast into a hotel.
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The court heard that Mr Atherton had concerns about Massey, that he had smelt of alcohol and had disappeared for periods of time to his room.
On his last day, on March 28 he had walked out with a rucksack saying he could not do it anymore.
Several bottles of empty wine belonging to the hotel were found in his room, including in a drawer and behind a bathroom door.
Massey, who admitted theft by employee between March 10 and March 28, had been in the hotel business for around 25 years and had never done anything wrong before, the court was told.
Megan Waldron, in mitigation, said Massey had been sent by his agency to work alongside Mr Atherton to develop the Falcon as a hotel.
She said Massey accepted he had taken the wine and that he had left abruptly without having making arrangements with the hotel, but he did not have a drink problem. He remained employed by the agency, but a conviction might make future employment difficult.
Massey, of Kirkdale Manor, Highfield Lane, Nawton, York, was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and victims surcharge of £20. He will also have to pay compensation to the hotel of £226.35.