Hotel Worker Compliments Jennifer Aniston -- And Gets Fired

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A now ex-employee of a Santa Fe, N.M., resort claims that he was fired for complimenting Jennifer Aniston. The shuttle bus driver told a group of guests that the 43-year-old celebrity was "very sweet and much more petite than I thought," reports TMZ, but when hotel management got wind of his praises, they fired him for allegedly violating the hotel's privacy policy regarding famous visitors.

Terry Siegler was shuttling guests at the Encantado Resort, where Aniston was staying during a shoot for her new film, "We're the Millers." The guests had allegedly just spotted Aniston at the hotel spa, and asked Siegler if he'd seen her too. He said yes, and offered up some kind words about the famous lovelorn, now love-struck, actress.

Back at the hotel, the guests discussed this conversation, Siegler told TMZ, and were overheard by a member of Aniston's entourage. The actress' buddy reportedly informed hotel management, which then fired Siegler from his $30,000-a-year job for violating a celebrity guest's privacy.

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The general manager of the hotel told TMZ, "I cannot confirm anything about our employees, but I will say that we have a very strict confidentiality policy and we do enforce those policies."

Most businesses that commonly see high-profile guests have confidentiality agreements for their workers. In April, a Virgin Atlantic employee resigned following allegations that she routinely tipped off the booking details of the airline's celebrity clientele to paparazzi. But Siegler didn't dish on the star to a tabloid -- he was simply responding to a question from a guest.

"They brought [Jennifer] up first...." he told TMZ. "Was I supposed to deny it?"

Siegler reportedly is considering a wrongful termination suit.




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tara33s

Tara makes a great point. If he had discreetly contacted a magazine and taken some pictures, probably no one would have known. His problem was doing it publicly.


A confidentiality agreement means you cannot verify, confirm or imply that any client is on the premises or is using the facilities. You are not supposed to discuss the guests (famous or otherwise) in a resort or hotel.
Although he may not have meant to confirm that the client was on the premises, his comments confirmed that she was at the resort, which puts the client at risk and other guests at risk.
These confidentiality agreements apply to all guests and serve as protection for all guests (celebrity or otherwise). Celebrity guests also pose additional security risks and can create disruption for others. Besides the paparazzi, any guest can have stalkers or "unstable" people searching for them. In addition, all people have the right to privacy. Although it is sad that this man lost his job, he obviously does not understand the word confidential.

October 24 2012 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeff

seems pretty peddy to me

October 23 2012 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mmcdonald

The assistant who 'overheard' the conversation from the other guests shouldn't have been eavesdropping.

October 23 2012 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carolyn

Hey, what's happened to the old adage of - 'Give a guy a second chance'??

How 'bout reprimanding him with just a week or two off (without pay)?? He certainly will learn his lesson that way; plus, the other staff will get the picture too, I'm sure. However, by firing him, the staff now certainly feel that manager's hands around their throats that if they break their confidentialty pledge, or any other policy, they will be fired too. I'm really sure that management has got their point across with this issue.

Don't we give our friends, family and sometimes associates a 'second' chance when they blow it??

Isn't there some place else higher up this hotel's corporate ladder where he can be transferred to and maybe even be demoted?? There's sooooo much unemployment these days. An economic overall look at this firing issue is that studies have been made regarding the cost of training new employees for a job.

Again, how 'bout a couple of weeks off, without pay, and making him an outstanding example to the other employees?

October 23 2012 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gekolite

lets quit worring about a millionaire guest, and worry about a working stiff trying to eat.

October 23 2012 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nijidiana

He never said she was staying there, so there was no breach...if I read it right, he said he'd met her and she was sweet and petite. How is that a breach of confidentiality? This is clearly a case of people powertripping and causing problems for people because they have nothing better to do with their time.

Mental note: NEVER compliment a celebrity...you never know who might be listening!

October 22 2012 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
toddisit

What is so confidential about someone's appearance?

Have fun with that lawsuit!

October 22 2012 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

That fired hotel employee should hold a press conference: "I lied, ladies and gentlemen. Jennifer Aniston is really bitchy and flabby and can go straight to hell. Thank you for your time."

October 22 2012 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tara33s

A confidentiality agreement means you cannot verify, confirm or imply that any client is on the premises or is using the facilities. You are not supposed to discuss the guests (famous or otherwise) in a resort or hotel.
Although he may not have meant to confirm that the client was on the premises, his comments confirmed that she was at the resort, which puts the client at risk and other guests at risk.
These confidentiality agreements apply to all guests and serve as protection for all guests (celebrity or otherwise). Celebrity guests also pose additional security risks and can create disruption for others. Besides the paparazzi, any guest can have stalkers or "unstable" people searching for them. In addition, all people have the right to privacy.
Although it is sad that this man lost his job, he obviously does not understand the word confidential.

October 21 2012 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
clarkforever

Seriously? He didn't say anything negative about her. It was a nice compliment! It's not often you see celebrities in person. He was probably just excited about seeing her. What's the big deal?

October 20 2012 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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acobra163

He violated his employer's policy regarding the privacy of guests. Why does it matter to you that he "didn't say anything negative"? He isn't supposed to discuss the presence of other cutomenrs at all. Are you aware that screwballs, criminals and those vultures (paparazzi) with cameras could take advantage of blabbermouths like him? Why don't you understand that people in the hospitality business are expected to act like professionals and not star struck fanatics?

October 22 2012 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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