Dundee restaurant bosses give worker Christmas day off after Facebook plea goes viral

Lora-Louise Kettles will now enjoy a Christmas Day off

A Dundee restaurant worker is set to enjoy her first Christmas off in years after her Facebook post went viral.

Bosses at Weavers Mill, Camperdown Leisure Park, challenged Lora-Louise Kettles to reach 400 shares and likes on the restaurant’s social media page.

The 22-year-old was pictured holding a sign which read: “My manager said if I can get 400 likes and shares on Facebook, I can have Christmas Day off! Please help!”

However, the 400 target was smashed within minutes and the tally now stands at more than 2,500.

Hi everyone 👋🏻 lora here! I'm needing a little help out towards Christmas! My manager has promised me that if I can…

Posted by Weavers Mill on Friday, 3 November 2017

Lora will now spend Christmas Day with her family, and her manager has promised her Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year off if she can reach 5,000 likes and shares.

She told the Tele she was shocked the post had been shared so many times.

Lora, who has worked at Weavers Mill for three years, said: “It all started as a bit of fun. We mentioned it in a meeting with my bosses.

“I’ve worked every Christmas since I was 16 so it will be nice to have time off.

“I’ve nothing planned, just time with my family.

“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has shared and liked the post – and keep sharing to reach 5,000.

“I do love working Christmas Day, but it will be nice to be off this year.”

General manager Becky Woods was more than happy to oblige after Lora’s target was smashed.

She said: “The two of us had a conversation about setting the milestone. I said ‘try for 300’, but Lora said 500 so we met in the middle.

“About 15 minutes after posting, it had reached 400.”

Despite now being one staff member down, Becky said there will be plenty of other helping hands for the big day, which is fully booked.

She added: “We still have plenty of people on shift on the day. Most people enjoy working it, they’re only out the house for five or six hours tops.

“It’s a great atmosphere.”

Becky added that plans are being made for ‘Breakfast with Santa and friends’ events leading up to Christmas. She said details will be revealed in due course.