Bar manager stole £300 to fund holiday with girlfriend

Court news.
Court news.

A Flood Aid organiser has been ordered to carry out community work after stealing £300 from his former employer to pay for a holiday.

Thomas Lee, 23, of Revesby Avenue, Boston, appeared before the town’s magistrates’ court on Thursday, pleading guilty to stealing the money from the Pilgrim Lounge.

Prosecutor Marie Stace said that, in June last year, the management found discrepancies in money at the lounge and investigated.

Ms Stace said at the time Lee was bar manager and had been since 2013 when the previous one left.

When interviewed by staff he admitted to stealing the £300 to pay towards a holiday with his girlfiend, and Ms Stace said he stated he intended to replace the money from his paycheck when he returned.

However, when he came back the Pilgrim Lounge had already realised its takings were £300 down.

Ms Stace said Lee also stated he had raised ‘numerous security issues’ to the attention of management and they had done nothing about them.

Defending, Andrew Goldsborough said that when Lee took over as bar manager,
 ‘everybody as happy with the work he was doing’, however, he said there were security issues including the safe not locking.

He said Lee made a ‘stupid’ decision to take the £300 to go on holiday with his girlfriend – who had since broken up with him after finding out how he paid for their holiday.

Magistrates gave Lee a 12 month community order including 80 hours’ unpaid work, £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

No order for compensation was made as it was alleged Lee had not received his final 
pay packet and was disputing this in a claims court.