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Yes, I am a disgruntled employee. Read my story and then judge me, if you consider it necessary.

My odyssey began on the 13th of August 2011 (the night before my 43rd birthday). From what I can recall, it was about 2:30 a.m. when three hoodlums appeared out of nowhere and began, for no reason, to beat up a group of prostitutes close to the entrance of the hotel where I work. This is nothing new as the entire city block surrounding the ‘Athens Center Square Hotel’ during the evening hours is overshadowed by (under aged) prostitutes, homeless people, drug users, traffickers, stray dogs and small time pick pockets and violent thieves. I also wish to inform you that I have been employed as the security guard on the night shift since the 13th of June 2009 – despite the fact that on paper I am registered as a porter.

Not too long ago Greek television station ‘Mega’ previewed a 47 minute documentary on the prostitution and violence around the streets surrounding the ‘Athens Center Square’ hotel.  Please click on this link to view a small section of the documentary.

                                                                           

In a state of total panic, the young prostitutes considered it wise to seek help so they ran into the hotel… this was the first time something like this had happened.
The hoodlums entered the building with obvious violent intentions. My colleague and I kindly asked both parties to leave the building immediately. We even went to the trouble of offering them a drink to calm the moment.
At first everything seemed to be going according to plan because we had succeeded in a peaceful manner to escort them out in the dark and empty street. I stood a couple of meters from the main entrance to keep an eye out and make sure they had gone away. At this moment, the taller of the three (speaking good Greek) – who may have been angry for not being able to get his way with the prostitutes – ran up from the side, hit me on the side of the head with something very hard and quickly disappeared into the distance. I did not fall but less than a minute later the left side of my face had swollen up, the sclera (white part of the eye) had become blood red and my nose was bleeding.

Everything looked dark and blurry and the pain in my head was simply unbearable. My colleague decided to call an ambulance and notify the police. In less than twenty minutes two police officers from a nearby station arrived at the hotel. The officers wrote a report and said I could pick it up the following day. Less than ten minutes later, the ambulance arrived and escorted me to Gennimatas General Hospital.

The hospital personnel conducted all sorts of exams – X-rays, eye examinations, blood and urine tests. Furthermore, I was examined by a neurosurgeon, his results showed no serious damage to the nervous system. But the X-rays and C-Scan confirmed a fractured cheekbone and damage around the eye socket. I was given a bed and was informed that a surgery was required so the severely fractured cheekbone could be put back in the right place. This would involve a cut about an inch long through the eyebrow and two titanium metal plates and screws were to be inserted into the cheekbone to keep it in place.

Before the accident.

At the time of the accident…

The following morning I was laying in bed when I received a call from my boss on the cell phone. After she had finished inquiring about my overall health, Mrs. Dorina Stathopoulou (Owner & Manager of the ‘Athens Center Square Hotel’) dared to point out that none of this would have happened if the main door had been locked. I must add I had never received a direct (written or verbal) order that the main door had to be locked. I wish to point out that Mrs. Dorina Stathopoulou also happens to be the owner and manager of Hermes and Plaka Hotels.

“Until that moment, the majority of the guests were still out and about,” I explained and asked for a copy of the security camera video so I could forward it to the authorities with the hope that the police would identify and track down those dangerous individuals.

“No, I will do no such thing and I think its best you don’t inform the police of the fact that we have cameras at the hotel,” she said.

According to the explanation I got from two lawyers, the law states that from the moment there are cameras, there should be signs on the wall informing both the guests and personnel that the premises are under 24 hour continuous surveillance. Furthermore, the management is obliged to inform the personnel of their existence and receive their written approval. But Mrs. Stathopoulou had not achieved this. Therefore, is it possible the cameras that have been filming our every move for the last two and a half years could in fact be illegal?

Click on this link to view: Pictures of surveillance cameras at the main entrance, lobby area, and breakfast room.

Furthermore, my boss has even gone to the trouble of placing a microphone above the reception desk so she can listen to every word her employees are saying. This reminds me of the novel “1984” written by George Orwell. The hypocrisy to all this is that the device hides behind a holy candle with a cross!

“And what about the hoodlums? Shouldn’t they be found and brought to justice?” I asked.

“You must stop believing that you can change the world,” my boss replied.

“I am injured pretty badly. Who will take care of the physical and emotional aftermath of this accident?” I asked but my boss failed to provide a straight answer.

                                                                                        

To cut a long story short, I remained in hospital for twelve painful days. The surgery was conducted on the 10th day. I wish to point out that in that period  my boss called a couple of times but no company representative (Boss, Front Office Manager, Lawyers, etc) came to visit me!

According to section 10.3 of the Greek  work code regarding accidents at work, the company was obliged to register the incident to :

-The nearest Police Station Immediately.

-The Labour Inspectorate within 48 Hours.

-The health and work department (I.K.A.) within the first five days.

It is my understanding, NO report was written/submitted to any of the agencies above.

** For more information, follow this link:  http://www.somtechnik.gr/Pravo/ErgAtyx.htm

When asked what will become of me, Mrs. Stathopoulou assured me over the phone that she would aid me in any way possible as long as I do not request the video recording of the events of the evening of August the 13th. I had no choice knowing full well that if I were to press charges the chances of maintaining my job were minimal.

I am scarred for life and continue to hurt. I am also experiencing sleep difficulties and signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Despite the unbearable pain in my head, I found the power to return to work on the 14th of September only to find most of my colleagues criticizing and making a mockery of me thanks to my boss who (in an attempt to cover her extreme level of indifference and irresponsibility) had reached the conclusion and spread the message that everything that had occurred on the night of August the 13th was in fact my fault despite the fact that she denies it! I also wish to mention the management did not arrange to meet with me. Instead, they arranged a meeting with my colleague. I wonder what for? And last but not least, I was denied access to the video despite the fact that most of my colleagues viewed it over and over.

At work nothing has changed. We are now well into 2012 and the owners have still not come in contact with me. They haven’t even called to see how I am doing or if I am in need of further medicine, therapy and tests! The entire city block surrounding the ‘Athens Center Square Hotel’ continues to be overshadowed by prostitutes, drug users, traffickers, stray dogs and small time pick pockets and thieves.

On Monday, January 16, 2012 my boss informed me that I was required to sign a new employment contract – agreeing to a 25% reduction in my salary (Greek standards for private industry – already low). I did not agree.

Less than ten days later, and despite all my sufferings, I received a call at work informing me that I had been fired.

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643 Comments

  1. Pathetic! How is it possible this woman provides hospitality yet she’s unable to take care of the well being of her employee. If she runs a hotel in such a neighborhood, guarantees and higher salaries should be given to the employees!

    • I am going to pray for Justice to prevail in your favor and for your mind, heart and body to heal too!

    • Guarantees of higher salaries were completely out of the question and now even worse, considering Greece’s economic and political mess.

  2. Very unprofessional management.
    Thumbs down to the Athens Center Sq. Hotel…

  3. Oppressive employers only thinking of their profit yet they quickly forget about the people that help them make their money.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted February 12, 2012 at 7:36 am
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      Very true.

    • This is a global phenomenon.

        • S.G
        • Posted February 27, 2012 at 7:13 am
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        We all know there are worse things to come. It has happened before — history repeats itself.

  4. Hope things improve soon!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted November 3, 2011 at 3:10 am
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      Thank you and all the best to you too.

  5. This is indeed outrageous. I thought I had been treated unfairly by previous employers but, never like this. Greece may not now have much time left in the EU (probably best for it – but catastrophic for the rest of the EU) but, how come you, as a permanent employee of a registered company in a Member state, do/did not have the protection of the European Convention on Human Rights, etc.? Surely, you would have been perfectly within your rights to go to the police and, if necessary, pursue your employer for Unfair Dismissal?

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm
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      I appreciate your interest. I did not know about the ECHR, will look into it.
      My wife and I will be presenting a claim to EC Labor and Justice commissions.
      We shall keep knocking on many doors and keep you posted.

    • This is the classic crime of each century.

  6. Thanks for sharing your story. It further confirms my conviction that the issues of injustice, whatever the level of egregiousness, continue to be a struggle between those who pretend power over those marginalized by society.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm
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      Yes, the reality of class divisions is quite evident everywhere.
      Thank you for reading a part of my existence.

  7. I now understand to a much greater level why Greece is in the turmoil that it is in. Thank you for the article. I hope you escape that condition and soon.

    I am also interested in the slavery conditions of the prostitutes; etc. as I have heard that Greece is particularly bad for the child slavery/prostitution rings. I assume you’ve seen this as well or is this simply rumor?

    Thank you.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm
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      Appreciate your curiosity.

      A real rumor it is, a couple thousand of prostitutes appear in Central Athens after midnight until 5-6am. Half of them are minors! The treatment given to them by the users/abusers/authority is pathetic.

      I hope you (or no one) never have to be in the situation to keep a job because there are no other options (at this moment). Believe me, I also hope to escape it.

    • Prostitution has been and will always be a global problem.

  8. It is very courageous for you to post your horrific experience at work and the even more horrific treatment by your employer. Your story illuminates the reality of working for a living in Greece. I am disgusted by the international media that is working so hard to turn working people around the world against each other so that we do not realize that we have become slaves to their unjust and unhealthy treatment. I was recently terminated from my job for filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. My heart hurt when you said that you did not have a choice but to submit to your employer’s demands in order to keep your job because I know how it feels to be so powerless. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Brave Man.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm
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      Heartfelt thanks and your note confirms some of the reasons why I decided to post my present reality.
      May the powerlessness I presently feel – work wise – dissipate soon enough so I can keep on paying attention to my well being and that of my family.

  9. Outrageous seems insufficient to describe your experience. I sure that the debt crisis has only exacerbated working conditions and crime in Greece.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm
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      This seems to be the beginning of the end of quality of life for us Greeks.

    • Enjoyed having you visit my blog and reading my rant. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

  10. It’s so sad to know of your story in Greece in this times of bad news for Greece and the EU. One hoped that hearing about the ills of the EU would be enough bad news for the rest of the world to hear. Hearing of examples of human suffering like yours make that tragedy feel more closed to our own families. Best of luck to you and your wife and try to get some good advice.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted November 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm
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      Thank you.
      A toast to a better future for all…

  11. Shame on the management of the Athens Center Square Hotel for neglecting their staff!!!

    • I could not agree more.

    • Very well said.

  12. I’m sorry you’ve had to endure this. It’s sad when employers can get away with this and I wish the economy were better so you were afforded more options. It’s not good emotionally to be at a job simply because it’s all you can get at the moment, so take care of yourself and find joy outside of work.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted November 7, 2011 at 1:57 am
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      I thank you with all my heart for your wishes and kind words.

  13. Απαράδεκτη συμπεριφορά εκ μέρουs της τη διεύθυνσης του ξενοδοχείου
    Ντροπή τους.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm
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      Συμφωνώ απόλυτα καλε μου Φιλε Πανο

  14. Η ιδιοκτήτρια είναι απαράδεκτη. Το Μπλόγκ θα σταλει στο σωματειο για να εχουν προσβαση σε αυτο οι ξενοδοχοϋπάλληλοι όλης της χώρας.
    Οι ευχες μας μαζί σου. … Περαστικά!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:49 am
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      Ευχαριστω πολυ

    • ΔΕΝ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΑΠΛΑ ΚΑΙ ΜΟΝΟ ΑΠΑΡΑΔΕΚΤΗ – ΕΙΝΑΙ ΞΕΦΤΙΛΙΣΜΕΝΗ.

        • Γ.Μ
        • Posted March 2, 2012 at 6:40 am
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        ΕΤΣΙ..

        • Farina
        • Posted March 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm
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        ?

        • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
        • Posted March 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm
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        Can you be more specific please.

  15. My God….never in my life have I read something so tragic. I guess violence is a global problem but your boss (this Stathopoulou woman) is completely out of line for neglecting you.
    Shame on her!!!

    • Shame on her 1,000 times.

  16. Ντροπή και αίσχος!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm
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      Οντως

  17. I have to say you are a very brave man for finding the strength to publish everything you have gone through. The sooner you get out of that hotel, the better.
    You have earned my respect and best wishes,
    A. Dawson (Sydney, Australia)

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm
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      Thank you for the support.

      • Συλλέκτης Αναλέκτων
      • Posted March 3, 2012 at 10:42 am
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      Ευχαριστώ που ακολουθείτε το blog μου (Κάδος Ανατύπωσης). Χαίρομαι που δεν ξεχνάτε την Ελλάδα και έστω μέσω Ίντερνετ μαθαίνετε νέα της.
      Να ξέρετε ότι σας αγαπάμε και σας σκεφτόμαστε. Εγώ προσωπικά έχω και φίλους στην Μελβούρνη.
      Αν κάποτε χρειαστείτε κάτι από την Πατρίδα μην διστάσετε.
      Φιλιά από την Πατρίδα.

  18. This was really terrible to hear!! I pray that the Lord will bring you peace so that you can get some rest and pray that the Holy Spirit will come and restore Athens Square!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm
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      Thank you for your kind words and prayers.
      All my best wishes for you and your loved ones.

    • The solution is not to restore the hotel. The solution is to take your boss to court and make her pay for her negligence.

        • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
        • Posted February 13, 2012 at 8:02 am
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        I would like (once again) to remind the readers that I did not create this blog for money.
        This blog has been put up to remind my boss of her mistakes.

        • MarissaB
        • Posted March 11, 2012 at 5:05 am
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        Well said Jo

  19. great work,,just stick there,,,i know the following suggestion is outrageous to some extent (given your condition) , but still i would like you to read this wonderful piece , maybe it’ll make you feel a bit better about yourself if nothing else.. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/if/ . all the best

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm
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      Indeed, it is a wonderful piece. Thank you for sharing it.
      All the best.

  20. Get well soon. I hope you have a full recovery.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 6, 2011 at 5:04 am
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      Thank you and all the best to you.

  21. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am appalled by the magnitude of indifference that your boss displayed in this incident as you have described. I hope that you heal up ok and be back to normal despite everything that has happened. Even though your boss has decided to put a blind eye to the evil actions of others, God sees everything. The world could do with a few people like you who choose not to be a bystander and let evil things happen in this world.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm
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      I greatly appreciate you took the time to read about some aspects of my reality.
      Thank you for your kind words.
      All the best,
      Kon

  22. I am sorry for your dilemma. Life is not always fair. There are both good and bad people everywhere. You are a good writer; I would like to see you write on a more positive note. Pick a topic you like and see what comes out of it. Remember – “Believing is Seeing”.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm
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      Thank you for the reminder – shall put it in practice, more!

  23. I visited Greece back in the late seventies as a low-budget traveler. A few years later I visited it again and was shocked at how things had deteriorated, at least for budget travelers. Turkey was actually better for us.

    From your report, things have gotten even worse. as they had at one time after WWII, as I recall. Greece, once the home of Western Civilization, is now very much on the fringe of it.

  24. Outrageous behaviour indeed by your employer, I totally sympathise with you and wish you God’s blessing and a speedy recovery. My thoughts are with you and your family.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 9, 2011 at 10:43 am
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      Thank you for your kind words and blessings.
      All the best to you and your family,
      Kon

  25. It’s really good to know real stories by real people…. I hope you are doing fine, 🙂
    BLESSINGS

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm
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      I am doing much better. Thank you for your interest,
      All the best,
      Kon

  26. Ohh, wow!!! This is so touching. I feel empathy and anger after reading your story. I have come to realize now that employers view their workers as machines without thought or feeling. No one stops to think about the well being of the ones they employ. In this sick twisted world it’s all about self and money. They pay us to do a job and that’s it. I have been going through a lot at work too and can totally identify with your situation. My prayers are with you dear. Time heals all wounds and I hope in the end justice will prevail. Blessings always

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm
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      Thank you for validating my experience.
      I am learning that in the end justice will prevail – It better.
      All the best,
      Kon

  27. I guess it’s time to look for another job then. Then when u don’t work for her anymore you should go to the police and make her give them those videotapes and on top of that make her pay for all hospital costs!!! You are totally right in being more than disgruntled, I would be too!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm
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      Thank you for the suggestion.
      All the best,
      Kon

  28. Thank you for sharing this experience. I’m appalled at the way you were treated, and the things that happened to you. I have one suggestion about your story – you refer to ‘the accident’ several times. I’m not sure if this is an english-language issue, but this was not an accident – it was a deliberate and violent assault on a worker in the workplace. Calling it an accident minimises the responsibility – both of the attacker and the employer. Your story is very sad – I hope you are able to find another job if that is what you want to do. Publicising your story is a good idea. I am in Australia – your story has a world-wide audience – your employer should remember that.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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      Thank you for the suggestion and thought’s.
      You are very blessed to be living in (Australia) such a nice country with such wonderful people.
      All the best,
      Kon

  29. I hope your feeling better soon. I really love this revenge piece you’ve written on Mrs. Stathopoulou. I hope everyone boycotts her premises’ and perhaps in the future you can make a Facebook page and petition to get this really rolling. Let me know if I can help. In the meantime, ever thought about doing Paid Online Surveys From Home?

  30. first i like to say that I hope that you are recovering well.
    when i saw your like on my post and I clicked your name i wasn’t exspecting to see such a horrible story along with the violence and abuse. It’s a blessing for you that the outcome was not worse and you are still here to be able to show and telll what happened to you. I’m sure that Mrs .Stathopoulou will get hers.. A boycott will be great.

    Blaqueberri~

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm
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      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
      I simply love the “Boycott” suggestion,
      All the best,
      Kon

    • Yes, we must forward this link to all the travel blogs so the global community can boycott the Athens Center Square Hotel!

        • ARO
        • Posted February 13, 2012 at 7:46 am
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        Great idea.

  31. Truly revealing isn’t it when tragedy hits, people change. Hope you
    are well soon.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm
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      Thank you so much.

  32. Disgusting and outrageous…that’s all I can say for the way this employee has been treated.

    • The hotel owner must be brought to shame.

        • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
        • Posted February 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm
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        It will happen at some point.

        • G.FLETCH...
        • Posted February 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm
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        Easier said than done Mike.

        • JO
        • Posted February 16, 2012 at 5:00 am
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        The Hotel owner must appear before a supreme court for a massive violation of human rights.

  33. Hope you get well soon.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm
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      Thank you. I wish all the best for you.

  34. Thanks for sharing you story with us…it is always hard to believe what employers are willing to do to their employees…thanks again for your story and information.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm
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      Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

  35. Thank you for your subscription. I hope you have some luck with your work troubles.
    Here is your promised poem/Limerick, I hope you enjoy.

    There once was a young man from Greece,
    Who needed to buy some grease,
    So he rolled up his long sleeves
    And let rip a big oily sneeze
    Now his hands are covered in grease!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm
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      Awesome poem. How thoughtful of you.
      All the best,
      Kon

  36. As a rehabilitation counselor in the U.S., who works with a lot of people injured at work, I can assure you, sadly, that this is the way most employers behave. On-the-job injuries hurt business and that’s their first concern, not the health of their workers. I hope you get treatment for PTSD, and find peace. Thanks for sharing your story. Hope your health improves.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm
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      Thank you for helping me understand some more what is happening out there.
      All the best,
      Kon

  37. oh gosh.. I hope you had recovered. God bless. 🙂

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm
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      As the days go by I must admit I am feeling better. Thank you for your concern.

  38. I must admit that your post made me angry. That a company can just get away with treating its employees in such a manner – especially an EU country – is simply disgusting. I hope that you are able to take on the company and be treated like a human being. I wish you the best! This should not be happening.

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      • Posted December 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm
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      Thank you for your concern.
      All the best,
      Kon

    • S.Weightman - Melb, Australia
    • Posted December 14, 2011 at 12:02 am
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    OH MY GOSH!!! That’s horrible, and so scary! What a terrible situation for you. Your boss is a terrible woman!!!

    • Yes, terrible to say the least.

  39. This is third-world behavior on the part of your boss. Someone must remind this cheap and nasty woman that people are no longer living in the 18thy Century.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 14, 2011 at 12:09 am
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      I could not agree more.

    • This “cheap and nasty” woman behaves like a Barbarian.

  40. I just read your entire story. I am so sorry for what has happened to you. Total injustice. What can I do to help? I will pray and pray that God will intervene in your life for good and to heal your injuries. Maybe if Mrs. Dorina Stathopoulou knew her reputation was at stake she might change some things.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 16, 2011 at 1:44 am
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      Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Your positive comments and prayers are the greatest gift I can receive.
      Thank you Madam, and all my best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful holiday season.

  41. It hurts me to hear of what you experienced. Thank you for posting your story.

  42. Dear Outrage,
    It took courage to deal with the issues as well as you did. Your actions and your letter have challenged your boss and the system. Now is the time for you to use your writing skills and courage to help give voice to others not so you can be in the drama triangle of persecutor-victim-rescuer, but as a coach and challenger helping yourself and others to co-create a better future. Read Stephane Hessel’s book A Time for Outrage and make a real difference -http://youtu.be/5uZkWChnHt0. keep blogging. You write well!

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      • Posted January 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm
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      Thank you for the referral,
      All the best,
      Kon

  43. It is indeed, under the circumstances, brave of you to post your letter.
    This is not good publicity for the hotel and hopefully it will stir the owners into stepping forward. One can only hope though.
    I would like to wish you and your wife good luck and best wishes , this must also be such a worrying time for her as well. Thank you for sharing.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 17, 2011 at 3:32 am
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      Thank you for your kind words and support.
      All the best,
      Kon

  44. Wow is all I can say after reading your horrible story and what you bn through. You in my prayers, I pray you have a speedy recovery. God Bless U

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted December 17, 2011 at 3:33 am
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      Thank you.

  45. So sorry that you had such terrible experience. I pray you heal completely, that joy and faith in people be restored, and that you find your stengh to move forward in God. It is a shame the conditions of work at your job. Praying things change for the better. Best wishes and (( healing hugs )) from our family sent you way! Receive them . 🙂

    • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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    Thank you for your kind words and wishes.
    All my best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful holiday season.

  46. Never in my entire life have I come across such outrageous behavior on behalf of the management. If your boss had realized how much pain she has inflicted upon you she would not be able to sleep at night.
    SHAME ON HER!

  47. You have a terrible boss. The sooner you get out of that hotel the better.

  48. Oh, Outrageous — what a horrible event, in the first place, and then what a childish, cruel, and thoughtless reaction by your employer. All I can say is that she is very lucky that you don’t sue her — either for work-related injury, or for the use of the cameras. I know in America it’s hard to find a job, nowadays, and I imagine Greece is no different; she doesn’t deserve to have a loyal, faithful employee like you on her staff, and especially if you were performing duties above and beyond those of your stated position of porter. You have my sympathies, and my hope that you feel better soon. From a woman covered in surgical scars, I can guarantee that you are still as attractive as you were before the accident, or at least anyone with any class at all would believe so!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Dear Judith,
      Thank you for your interest and touching words. All I can say is that you are a wonderful person full of kindness and love for others.
      Your blog is excellent. I will drop in to read the posts.
      All the best,
      Kon

  49. First, thank you for liking my poem. However, as I read your story I felt sorry for the dreadful accounts you have experienced. I pray that everything will bring to justice and you will fully recover from what happened. Stay safe and continue writing facts for the public to be aware of. I salute you for being brave and courageous in the midst of the troubling circumstances surrounding your work areas.

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      Thank you for sharing your creation. You are a great poem.
      Thank you for your kind words,
      All the best to you and yours this holiday season,
      Kon

  50. That’s atrocious. I’m glad you’re alive and hope you get better. Keep up the cause

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      Thank you so much,
      All the best,
      Kon

    • You are an amazing individual for coming forward to talk about your unfortunate experience. You speak for all of us–corporations should not have the right to treat their employees the way you were treated.
      Shame on Mrs. Stathopoulou and her cheap hotel.

  51. I thoroughly enjoyed your writing as you have a great ability to share the details. My hope is that you will be given justice for the ridiculous way you were treated by your former boss.

    • Thank you so much Doug.

  52. I’m planning to visit Greece in 2014 with my grandson. I will be sure and stay away from properties SHE owns. And, I hope you have recourse sometime down the line. Hang in there, my best wishes for your complete recovery and justice.
    Mary

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      Dear Mary,
      Thank you for your good wishes. I hope you will get to enjoy your future visit to Greece.
      All the best to you and your family,
      Kon

  53. This is absolutely infuriating! I am so sorry to hear you went through this and I hope your health improves soon. I also pray that justice prevails for you in the near future for the horrible way you were treated..

    On a lighter note, I thank you for your visit and “like” and for following me! I will return the favor!
    Blessings to you~

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      Thank you for your words of encouragement.
      All the best,
      Kon

    • chasingimagination
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    This is outrageous. I know its easy for me to say this, but i hope you find another job. One with better management. Greece is not doing so well economically, and i can see why crime have gone up.

    take care. I wish you the best

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      Thank you & all the best to you.

  54. i am so sorry to hear about such injustices. thank you for doing your part to stand up. Jesus would want us to. i am lifting up a prayer for you, your company, and those troubled ones who live on the street. we all need Him.

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      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. May the lord be with you always.

  55. Hello,

    It seems we have something in common. About 28 years ago I was protecting company property and ended up with afractured cheek bone. I spent 3 days in hospital and got an official rebuke from my employer! Apparently i should have let the thieves steal the batteries I was selling.

    What you did seems to have been based upon the natural desire to protect the innocent, and that with a sense of justice.

    Given the choice I would do the same again, and I expect you would too. Each of those girls is a valuable human being, thanks for standing up for them.

    May God reward your kindness.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Oh wow Stephen! I felt shivers up and down my spine the moment I read that you had gone through the same thing.
      I do not regret protecting those girls. Most of them became prostitutes against their will.
      The were brought here with a promise for a better life only to have their passports taken away and thrown on the streets to satisfy the needs of others.
      May God be with you always.

  56. I’m sorry this happened to you, and that your employer has taken this self-serving, cover-up attitude. we live in a world in 2011 where for so many people, money and business take precedence over everything. the Occupy movement is all about changing this situation. redistributing wealth more fairly, and seeing that people matter more than corporations do. and thank you, Kon, for coming to my blog today.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      You are most welcome,
      Have a wonderful holiday season,
      Kon

  57. Kon, your situation reminded me of my life in Romania where people in management position think they are gods’ will and can do whatever they want. I now live in the States and prefer not to remember life conditions back home because it always revolts me. No matter where we live bottom line is people need to respect and treat each other with dignity. Romania after 20+ years of freedom and democracy is not better off than Greece. The same problem with corruption, liars governing the country, prostitution, poorness and the same of type of managers as yours. I won’t call her a lady–to be called one, she has to have class and that’s not her case.
    Stay strong and good luck. Find yourself a better job, you can do it.

    All the best!
    Cami

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      Cami,
      Thank you for your words of encouragement.
      I wish you all the best of luck,
      Kon

  58. A very sad story. I wish u full recovery and justice. btw, thanx for liking my post.

    • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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    Thank you for your good wishes.
    All the best,
    Kon

  59. We appreciate your sharing this experience with us; it will be shared with others. Oppression of the working class has always existed in the United States; unfortunately it seems to be more prevalent today as ‘corporate bottom lines’ become more important. It seems the rich strive to become richer and the poor are forced to become poorer. The working class here has held its silence for many years, but grumblings are finally appearing on our horizon.

    Remember, peace keeping brave persons bring blessings on themselves that the rich never know.

    Lastly and per the old saying, ‘Keep up the good work!’.

  60. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please see my last post on buildingbridgesoverswans.wordpress.com for details of how to accept it. Pam.

  61. I’m really sorry that you’ve had to go through this. This is bad! I would like to reference your blog in a new post.

    • You are most welcome to do so.

  62. I think it is horrible that you got punished for doing the right thing.

    • Yes, I may have lived a horrible experience, but the positive responses I have been receiving are slowly healing my wounds.
      Many thanks for your support.

  63. I am sickened yet heartened. Your voice is heard. May others have the courage to stand up, name and fight injustice because you stand. I pray you find a good employer, heal completely and that what is needed is given so you can move forward without fear. God bless you!

    • Thank you for your kind words and God bless you.

  64. I am praying for you and your family. There is much power in prayer. However, there is something very hard I am going to ask you to do. I ask this only because I know it works and will strengthen you in obtaining true justice:
    You must absolutely FORGIVE your employer, Mrs. Stathopoulou and also the man that beat you so cruelly. Forgiveness is absolutely one of the most powerful weapons a human being can have; it even spills over to bless your children’s-children to the tenth generation. Of course our immediate reaction is to refuse to forgive. Understandable. I too have been beaten without cause and hospitalized. I sought police and legal action against this person and everything got jammed up in red tape for over a year. Then one night, in deep rage and anger, I decided go to my knees to pray and forgive this person. I poured out my hurt, my anger, yes even hatred and cried bitter tears. Afterward, I immediately felt relief. I felt lighter and calmed that is indescribable. I tell you, within days the events I had desired for justice and more than I expected came to me. Note: There are evil forces binding Greece, America… the world, but those forces are powerless against love and forgiveness. Powerless! Think about it. Pray about it. Then I pray you: Do it! Be Blessed

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      Many thanks and God bless.

  65. I do not pity you because I am honored and applaud your bravery in all of this. I wish there was something I can do to help from here in the US. I am an employer and treat my employees as family. If you ever come to the US, you have a job guaranteed.

    Paul

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      Thank you very much Paul. Your kindness leaves me speechless. There is still hope for society as long as there are people like you.
      I wish you all the best for the coming year.

      Kon

  66. Hi there,

    Your treatment has been horrendous and, as far as I’m concerned, criminal. I pray for and stand with you, Friend. Just remember, God sees all, and He is just – even when sometimes it may not seem like it, or things seem slow in coming. Your story – your justice – is not over yet. Stay in faith…

    Lester

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      Thank you Lester for your thoughts and prayers.
      All the best to you and yours,
      Kon

  67. I am inspired by your story, your courage, and your kindness to others in a dangerous and stressful situation. Our world needs more people like you, who see others as human beings. May you triumph, prosper, and enjoy a long, happy life!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for the kind words and wishes. I wish you a prosperous 2012 full of health and happiness for you and your family.

  68. Sorry to hear of your ordeal. Best wishes on a speedy recovery and a new employment opportunity in the new year.

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      Thank you & all the best to you and yours for the coming year.

    • catholicboyrichard
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    Thank you for checking out my blog today…so sorry of your misfortune too. May our Lord comfort and strengthen you as you recover. Keep in touch please!

  69. Thank you for sharing your story. We will keep you on our prayer list. Be encouraged, and listen for the voice of God to tell you what to do. I feel that God is indeed wanting you to minister to the people that harmed you. Please, email me at mitch@enrichwithmitch.com and I will continue to share with you.

  70. The title says it all – “Outrageous working conditions in Athens, Greece.”

    • I think it best describes the current situation in Greece!!!

  71. Never in my life have I come across something so terrible. Your only mistake is that you believed your boss.
    Nevertheless, the time for her to pay will come very soon.
    Just wait and see.

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      I certainly hope so.

    • I agree with B. Horvarth – bosses are not to be trusted.

  72. Your story has inspired me so much that yesterday, I finally found the strength to stand up to my boss after almost 4 years of continuous abuse.
    Thank you and God bless.

    • S. Conlan (Melbourne, Australia)
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    All I wish to say is that Its never too late to press charges!

  73. Your boss is a terrible woman. I wish you a quick recovery and justice.

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      Thank you and all the best,
      Kon

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      Thank you so much

  74. Your boss’ indifference must not go unpunished. The way she treated you is simply unacceptable. Shame on her and her advisers.
    You must take this matter further and report the incident to the ECHR.
    You boss must face the consequences of her actions.
    All the best of luck and a quick recovery.

  75. As I read your story, I just could not believe anyone could be that cold hearted! But, then I remembered an employer I had that caused me to leave the nursing profession. Also a very self preserving, self centered employer. Nothing I did was ever good enough, even though I was always the one that would agree to work extra shifts or take on extra tasks. There was absolutely no appreciation for what I was doing. So, I can understand, somewhat, where you are coming from.
    Your boss is a horrible person for treating you the way that she has. Threatening you with loss of your job if you file a police report for an incident that caused you serious bodily injury? She should have been the one hit with whatever they used on you!!
    It is my sincere prayer that God heals you fully, provides you with a different, better paying, better providing job with an employer who sincerely cares about there employees, and that God takes care of this horrid woman in ways that only He can do. I pray that he blesses your family and, who knows? Soon, you could be HER employer. Now, wouldn’t that be a delight!!! 🙂
    God bless you and keep you and your family. You will be in my prayers.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and subscribing! When I saw you from Greece I was very excited!! That is one place that, even today, I would love to visit!! Maybe someday I will get the opportunity!
    Best of luck to you!
    Judy

  76. Sorry to hear about such a horrible thing happening to you. I hope you heal quickly.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you

  77. Glad you are speaking out against the injustice and ill-treatment in Greece! Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery and looking forward to hear what happens next. Hope that it will be in your favor. Cheers!

  78. Great writing! You’re a gifted storyteller, although, I am sorry for the circumstances that brought about your tale. I wish you the best in recovery and with your employer!

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      Thank you,
      All the best to you,
      Kon

  79. I wish that the owner’s response was unusual, but I don’t think it is. At least in the US. Even though some paper says working people are not to be treated thus, still they are–and worse after the law has been written, and revised, and dropped, and redrafted. The law does not make love, just somebody look good who ‘sponsored’ it, so they can get the votes. Human beings seem to have lost all respect from each other, for each other. To get it back, there are some changes we must make, and I think it’s involved to put Christ in the center of our countries, in our legislation, our customs, our days and nights, our Sundays. Our rough nights.

    Look–you can let this eat you up, young man, or you can pray for patience, join your suffering to Christ’s, and fight bitterness. Please don’t let it completely destroy you even after you’ve healed! You did a good thing, to take the steps to protect those poor women. May God bless you for it.

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      Thank you and God Bless.

  80. Hi there I just want to say that I’m sorry you went through all that pain and injustice. It makes my blood boil!! I pray that you receive full and complete healing in Jesus’ name. With faith, you will be healed! I know something good will come from the pain and grief you have suffered.
    ps I also hope you find another job with people who treat you right and honorably and who respect your kindness and your hard work. Blessings and peace to you – Grace

    • Shaliach4Mashiach – שליח של המשיח
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    שלום עליכם ברכה והצלחה מתוך המקומית ריב”ג

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      תודה

      Thank you!

  81. WOW! Thanks for sharing your story! It is appalling! I really hope you are recovering well and what those have put out they get back, ten fold! Good and bad! Best of luck to you!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you & all the best to you and your family,
      Kon

  82. What a terrible story. This is indeed outrageous. Mrs. Dorina Stathopoulou is not only a terrible boss, but she’s also a terrible woman.
    You must sue her for both the injury and for the use of illegal cameras.
    I pray you heal completely and move forward in life.

    Anne O’brien

  83. Lord have mercy. I am praying for you. Subscribing – please keep us posted. I’m so sorry this happened to you and that your employer has been so lax legally so that she cannot support you properly.

  84. Reminds me of the story of Joseph in Genesis. They (his brothers who sold him into slavery) meant it for evil, but God used it for good. I pray that He will do that in your life. Shalom.

  85. Your story inspired me to make a page, with a C.S. lewis excerpt about your situation.. We may not be able to change the world, but WE can change! and GOD will do the rest. I hope its ok I used one of your X-ray pictures, I can take it down if you don’t like it! If you have the means to, you should print posters and hang them all over in that area of the town! Lets raise the silence in Greece…

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for your concern. Feel free to take down any picture as long as it is put to good use.
      All the best,
      Kon

  86. Hey, life goes on. I have had my share of being beaten up, most mentally which does not heal as quickly as the physically. God Bless You, and keep the faith. Mitch

  87. It’s sad that people dont respect other human beings, these people dont love themselves or life if they did they would value others. They my friend are the losers in all this, not you, You just found out who wasnt for you and those whose company you dont need to be part of. God will open doors with new people in your life who can embrace your mission and help celebrate your gift. I know and I will pray that 2012 will be good for you. Thanks for connecting on http://imagebreakers.wordpress.com

    The Lord bless you
    Paul

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      Blessings and best wishes to you and yours.
      Kon

  88. You published this in October but continue to work in the same hotel? If your boss didn’t want you to contact the police she will none too thrilled when she finds out you reached out to the World Wide Web.

    You have gotten quite a response already. With your permission I will share this story on my blog, The Master’s Table.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Yes, God’s honest truth is that my boss does not know about the existence of this blog. But sooner or later she she will find out.
      Yes, she will not be thrilled when she discovers I have reached the World Wide Web. I do not know what the consequences will be for me but that is what she deserves.

      Your support and comments will confirm that her actions are wrong.
      Feel free to share this on your blog.
      All the best,
      Kon

  89. It’s a sad day when business seems more important than compassion. I’m sorry you were so ill treated and you are brave for speaking up for yourself. Thank you for visiting my blog and for sharing this message for others. I hope things improve for you as well as any other workers abused.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for your concern.
      Your blog is awesome and I am more than certain that one day your imagination and dreams will help you create something wonderful.

  90. wow!!!! this is soo sad and also crazy! things are certainly in desperate need for change everywhere….regardless what country that we live in!!! I am PRAYING seriously….

    thank you so much for sharing!

    this really saddened my sunday evening…. but GOD!!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for reading my story. Your thoughts and prayers are most helpful,
      All the best,
      Kon

    • A Hope for Today
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    Thanks for your recent LIKE on one of the articles on my website. Feel free to drop by for a visit anytime. I post new articles on a regular basis. Blessings, Connie

  91. I just want to say that I’m sorry for the pain and grief you have suffered.
    Your boss is a terrible woman.
    I hope you fully recover and find another that will respect your kindness and hard work.
    Many blessings – Jane

  92. This is atrocious !!!
    Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

  93. Man, I am really angry with them treating you so badly when clearly you were just trying to do the right thing. I got beaten up myself by a gang of hoodlums and the first six months was bad. The more time passes the less i think about it.
    Hope you will be fine and wish you all the best.
    Peace

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      I am happy to read that time healed your wounds.
      Thank you for writing and all the best,
      Kon

  94. Horrible! Deplorable conduct on the part of your employer and the company that employs her as well.

  95. I’m so sorry to hear about what happened to you. I hope your courage and strength is a example to others and that in any small or big way, your speaking out changes things one day. I believe a big reason why I lost my baby was because of the stress my previous employer put me through and I speak up about it at every chance I get too. Here’s to hoping we heal and find a safer place

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for your kind words.
      You are a wonderful person and I am truly sorry for your loss. I wish you health, happiness, and may all your dreams come true this year.
      Kon

    • Kon’s strength and courage to stand up and speak his mind has influenced me 100%.

        • G.FLETCH...
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        Me also.

  96. Awesome article, great writing.
    Hope you get well soon.

  97. Καλα, μου ακουγεται απιστευτο. Εχω ακουσει για αφεντικα και αφεντικα αλλα η συγκεκριμενη εργοδοτρια δεν εχει το θεο της.
    Πραγματικα πρεπει να ντρεπεται!!!

  98. I feel for what happened to you. I find myself enraged by how this was handled; also by how “the system” turned itself against you.

    We’re all human and have the right to feel safe and cared for, in a workplace. I would think that by law (i’m unsure of Greek’s laws), and if this was taken upon appropriate measures, this should have been dealt much differently.

    You mentioned being judged about making this public, how can someone talk down upon you about this. I appreciate you for this, and I hope those animals get what they deserve.

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      Thank you for your kind words and support Mr. Joel.
      All the best to you and yours,
      Kon

  99. Howdy –
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I’m glad you did, it looks like I’ll enjoy yours!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Start reading to find out what takes place in “little old” Athens, Greece.
      Enjoy

  100. thanks for checking out my blog. Good luck to you the more exposure for your story the better. Fox News would be good to send it to them for review.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Your Blog is fantastic. I love the posts.
      Thank you for the advice,
      All the best,
      Kon

  101. Good luck dude. I hate to think that we still have businesses that have to hide from the law in these situations but I do know that it happens everywhere in the world. Thanks for checking out my blog as well. I wish you wellness and security as you move forward back into what I hope is a normal everyday life again. Peace…

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      Thank you and all the best to you and yours,
      Kon

  102. wow! that’s quite a saga ! I would kill to get the readership this blog got but not to go through what you qwent through: it’s another incidence of the lingering and painful effects of random acts of violence but also how the sytem to protect you was not operating properly. I hope things work out though it lookzs like in the short term they’re not. Also it’s unfortunate that you’re a victim of greece’s financial crisis

    btw thanks for subscribing to my blog

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Unfortunately, the financial crisis that has hit Greece is only at the beginning and I fear my people are in for worse days.
      Thank you for writing and all the best to you,
      Kon

  103. thanks for stopping by my blog. Your story is terrible! Hope you are getting better. Might be time to find a new job (although i believe that this may be difficult in Greece at the moment?) best wishes.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      I would love to find a new job, but the chances of finding a job in Greece are about the same as winning the lottery.
      All my best to you,
      Kon

  104. This is a terrible story! I’m glad you named your boss and place and place of work, she desrves to have her horrible attitude made public. I hope you are fully recovered from your ordeal, at least physically.

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      Indeed, full exposure and presenting the truth keeps me going.
      Everyone’s support reconfirms my actions.
      Thank you for reading.
      Kon

    • I will make sure this woman’s horrible attitude will be made public. She deserves to be put to shame.

  105. What a nightmare! I hope you are feeling better. Thanks for following my blog by the way, I’ll follow yours as well.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Working on waking up from the nightmare – not easy.
      All the best,
      Kon

  106. I can’t even imagine what this has been like for you! It is a crazy life. Mine seems so tame. Thank you for following my blog, When I Ride.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Way too crazy at times!
      I agree, how we manage to remain somewhat sane speaks tons about human power and will.
      A great 2012 to you and yours.
      Kon

  107. Sorry to hear of your plight and hope things get better soon.

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      Thank you so much for reading my story. You have an excellent blog.
      All the best,
      Kon

  108. Im so glad you published your story,names included.It is so unfair! Hope she gets what she deserve.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      I only hope justice comes my way.

  109. And now you tell me your boss is ready to reduce your pay after everything you have been through. This is outrageous!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Such nerve and all for the sake of giving my hours to someone else.
      That’s the way business owners do it without any regard to commitment, responsibility and dedication.
      Thank you for caring.
      Kon

  110. Thanks for following my blog otherwise I probably would never have come across yours. I certainly hope you get better soon and can find other employment with good working conditions.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      I am also hoping for the same.
      Take care,
      Kon

  111. Shocking story K.M., the last update (wage reduction) being the final nail in the ‘Athens Center Square Hotel’ for me. Without wanting to sound crude, they sound like a bunch of twats. Hope your situation gets better (if possible), but it sounds to me like that hotel needs a serious restructuring at management level- you can’t have people like that in charge.

    All the best, and thanks for following my blog

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      People like that are in charge – they own the place!
      Thank you for your words.
      A wonderful 2012 to you and yours.
      Kon

  112. Just read youtr story. That is outrageous – as you say. I hope you can find some solution here and put a stop to the victimisation you are under. You were doing your job. I hope things pick and you’ll be able to go forward. For you and your country this sort of management attitude has to stop.

  113. Hi KM, thanks for visiting my blog, I am sorry for what has happened to you, unfortunately this type of treatment is all to common here in Athens, some even not getting paid.

    I have not worked for 18 months and was hoping this year would improve, but as we both know that our politicians are only playing power games, so nothing will be done to help us.

    My prayers are with you, God bless!

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      My prayers are with you so that you can remain healthy and quickly fin a much needed job.
      Take care,
      Kon

  114. Give your boss a run for her money – report her to the European Commission of social affairs.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you,
      All the best,
      Kon

  115. I say we all boycott the Athens Center Square Hotel.

  116. Hello K.M.

    I absolutely don’t know what to say…..

    I talk about this all the time “the incompetence”, “the lack of integrity”, and quite frankly “the lack of humanity” those in leadership positions in our world LACK!!! This is NOT a leadership or management issue…it’s a “Humanity” issue for pete’s sake and I’m just sorry that you’ve had to suffer from this extreme insensitive incompetency.

    I have a radio show (on the sales profession side) and I need to do more shows on “Leadership”. You’ve inspired me K.M……maybe someday we can have you on the show to provide your perspective. Keep it in mind!

    Thank you for sharing your story!

    Andre’

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      Thank you for reading my story Andre.
      It is an honor to know that others are inspired by my actions, and yes, I would love to participate on your show.
      All the best,
      Kon

    • thelookbookphilosophy
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    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. Your story is heartbreaking. I am sorry for what has happened to you. It may not feel like a consolation, but what is done in the dark will surely be brought to light. Your boss has to answer to a higher power at some point. In the meantime, please try not to let your attackers, and your bosses cruel actions change who you are. Keep the faith, and continue your recovery. Many blessings to you and your family.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for your kind words and support.
      I also wish to add that your blog is excellent,
      All the best,
      Kon

  117. I am so sorry that you have suffered not just physical pain but also the emotional trauma of the event and subsequent activities from your colleagues and boss. Being someone who has never traveled across the oceans, I have only had a view of the world from either news (which portrays the mostly bad side) or books (which portrays the beauty). Seeing from a personal vantage point has removed the scales of ignorance from my eyes. Thank you!

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      I am glad you now see it that way.
      You have an excellent blog. Please keep up the good work,
      All the best,
      kon

  118. I am totally disgusted with the way you were treated by your boss.
    History has taught us that In times of war, Barbarians treated their wounded with respect.
    This is why Mrs. Statopolou falls lower than a Barbarian! She doesn’t deserve to be a hotel owner, nor does she deserve someone like you working for her.
    I hope you remain healthy and quickly find a better job.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you Jackie,
      All the best to you and yours,
      Kon

  119. Sorry to hear about your ordeal. I’ve had my share of bad experiences with employers and management, but nothing like what you experienced. Be thankful that you, unlike your employer, have a heart and are concerned about the welfare of others. You have something that she and others like her will never have. By the way, you have a lovely family. Wishing you the best in the days ahead, and a better job. God bless.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you Richard for your kind words. You have an excellent blog.
      God bless,
      Kon

  120. Wishing you the best! This sounds awful…I hope this year brings you better luck and certainly better treatment. Good for you for blowing the whistle. Thoughts are with you from across the globe…

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      Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
      Kon

  121. Awe! Dear Kon, My prayers are with you for creating a new life for yourself and your family. I have always believed that when one door closes another one opens. Obviously, this door is closing, so you must find a new door to open.

    First I want to thank you for visiting my blog, subscribing, and liking my last post! I am new to this blog thing and I get excited when people connect with what I am saying. Remember what you focus on is what you will get, so focus and see yourself in a new job where you are treated with respect and kindness. Visualize it clearly, see that new door opening. I have written a little bit about this on my blog, and you can read about it if you scroll down. I would suggest that you see yourself working in a safer neighborhood also. Just saying! (American Slang Phrase)

    My prayers are also for a complete recovery from this tragedy!

    Peace and Harmony,
    Sallyjane

  122. Abba used to think ‘Money money money…’

    It’s not only in Greece that that sort of things happen in the EU, I assure you…

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      And now is the time for change.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Yes, and it is very sad to see this kind of thing happening in an age of booming technology.

  123. Until we respect ourselves enough to allow people like Dorina Stathopoulou, your boss, our leaders etc., to play a role in our lives, they will keep on coming, keep on exploiting, but in the end they will face their nemesis… That end may be sooner and later, but in the meantime, we must respect ourselves enough, honor who we really are enough, to know that we do not have to put up with anything, at least in the time that we are situations like what you described, to have the kind of employee-boss relationship when you know that the boss knows you are better than them. This is sometimes hard to see, but whatever Dorina Stathopoulou’s is as a person, her whole life is like that whereas as you have not reduced your life to being an animal. Just keep on honoring yourself and respecting yourself, so that you are ready for any opportunities that come your way.

    Dorina Stathopoulou is offering a get out clause by offering a new contract with reduced wages – so use it to find something else better, because the Authoriities will find out sooner than later!

  124. Do you think it would be useful to publish an email address or link to the hotel so those of us who think this is an outrage and violation of rights can contact the hotel and register our feelings? Would that help or just make the situation worse?

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Very timely your comment. Thank you for your concern.
      Be my guest – you may contact them at: acs@athenshotelsgroup.com

      Take care,
      Kon

  125. I admire your courage for finding the strength to stand up for yourself in such troubled times.
    I assure you that thousands will be inspired by your brave actions.
    You’re the man.

    A. Baum – Bochum, Germany

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      Thank you Mr. Baum,
      It is the obligation of all to stand up and fight.
      If we don’t, our world will sink into a deep abyss of darkness very soon,
      All the best,
      Kon

  126. Oh Wow,
    We welcome this as a breath of fresh air.
    Mankind will have hope as long as people like you are still around.

    Tom & Jill
    Little Rock, Arkansas

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      Dear Mr. Tom and Mrs. Jill:
      Thank you so much for the positive comments,
      I am deeply honored,
      All the best,
      Kon

  127. You have suffered a severe physical and mental injury. For this I feel enraged and wish to add that the manager of the Athens Center Square Hotel is either a terrible woman or very, very stupid.
    I wish you a speedy recovery and all the best to you and your family.

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      She may be a little bit of both.

        • Linton’s Legacy
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        read your recent post and feel you are a man who has much courage and tenacity. I hope your bosses attitude towards your improves, and quickly. You have endured much and she is lucky to have you as an employee.

        • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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        Unfortunately she doesn’t see it that way.

  128. Your story is beautifully written, and shares the neglect of humanity that is happening around the world. YOU seem to have a voice that is exceptional, and my prayer for you is that you will not allow this woman to make you a victim, but take what you have gone through and continue sharing your voice. It seems we can only help others when we understand what needs to be changed. You now understand that there are rules that need to be changed within your country in regards to human kindness.

    I design toys for children who are hospitalized and alone, and it’s for that very reason. Many children are put in hospitals by the hands of those who are supposed to care for them, and no one shows. Just as no one from your work showed for you. It’s appalling that the bottom line is about revenue and not relationships.

    I look forward to hear what changes you make because of this. All I kept thinking was about those women who are on the corner, and the neglect and abuse they must receive because they don’t know that there is something else they could be doing.

    Maybe you could be the one who helps them do something else.

    Praying for you from California!

    ONWARD BY FAITH!

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      Thank you for your concern. I feel extremely fortunate for discovering your blog – the articles are excellent and furthermore, I am happy to meet people who dedicate time and energy into helping hospitalized children.
      You are blessed – keep going and will forever be rewarded.
      All the best,
      Kon

  129. What an amazing story. You acted honorably and well at the moment of crisis, protecting the young women from harm, and that same sense of honor carries you through to the secondary crime, that of your employers.

    I don’t know what it’s like in Greece, but for many many years in America workers have been told that they’re part of a “team” (whatever corporation that they work for), and in all working together, we all advance. Some workplaces even go so far as to have cheerleading sessions, some of them public, to pump up workers’ psyche.

    Some people actually fall for this, but no matter how fooled, once an employee is released from the environment, it doesn’t take him/her long to figure out that no one is interested in his life any more once he has no more to offer to the company in its profit making mode.

    Business has always had a problem with being greedy, but nowadays many of them are no longer worried about hiding their ulterior motives.

    I hope that you will continue to heal, physically and inwardly, and that your speaking up about this matter will lead you to a better situation.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and subscribing. I hope that my lighter articles can give you a smile.

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      Thank you for writing and expressing concern and thank you for posting such excellent articles.
      All the best,
      Kon

  130. My friend,
    I am writing to you from beautiful Malaga in Spain. I have been employed in the local tourism industry for 23 years.
    I have come across many managers. Some were fair and some not so good.
    But never in my long career have I witnessed a manager treat a member of the staff with such unjust, neglect, and disrespect.
    I am very surprised why all this time you have not taken legal action.
    I wish you a quick recovery and please try to move on with your life far, far, away from those terrible people.
    Iker

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    Thank you very much my dear colleague.
    I wish you and your loved ones all the best,
    Kon

  131. Thank you for visiting my blog; one of the topics I intend to discuss in my blog is peace’s relationship to justice/social justice.
    It is very disheartening that people treat other people so horribly, so unjustly. If a person (such as your boss) does not treat people justly, the person obviously does not care about peace and certainly does not support peace. Peace is not possible without justice, and justice includes treating others justly. I am so sorry for your mistreatment – please know that others (like me) are thinking about you and praying for you.

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      Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers,
      Kon

  132. I hope you will feel better and continue to recover. Best wishes to you!

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      Thank you Bruce.

  133. It is indeed very sad and frustrating that you have to work under such conditions. And I know jobs are less and less each year. But some things are unbearable and no paycheck should buy your peace of mind. This is what I should do: I would go to the police and press charges. But then again, that’s just my opinion. At the end you should do what’s best for you and your family. So I wish you the best and hope your health gets better too.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you Norma for reading my story and expressing your concern.
      Kon

  134. I am so sorry to hear this. The world has gone crazy. Sending prayers and good thoughts your way.

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      Thank you Riki and God bless.

        • Iron Mike
        • Posted February 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm
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        I admire your kindness.

  135. Indeed we do live in a third world country, but thanks to people like you Kon, things will change, fastrer than you can imagine!
    Try not to spend your energy in negative feelings and acts.
    The truth will always shine. Just focus on how to recover, and enjoy happy family moments.

    Sending you all my blessings.

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      Thank you and all the best to you and your family,
      Kon

  136. The training of a boss should include consideration, respect, fairness, commitment. Obvious this woman Statopoulo did not attend such training.
    It would be wise if she takes care of your needs NOW – and I am sure your list is long.
    Give them a hard time, pressure them, make your demands.
    Best of luck. Keep me posted.

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      I will definitely provide updates,
      Kon

  137. All I can say: you are one strong person. You alone facing the owners of your workplace! That takes guts.
    I want to be like you.

  138. As a world traveler – not the posh hotel type – I am quite disappointed with your ordeal. Something tells me, in your job, you go out of the way to help the guests.
    The fact appreciation and respect are not a part of the equation in your employment reality says a lot about the owners of this establishment.
    Believe me, I will spread the word to my fellow travelers – DO NOT STAY AT ATHENS CENTER SQUARE HOTEL!
    You will overcome this nasty situation and come out stronger, wiser, prosperous… I know it.

  139. I will definitely pray for you and your family.
    The truth must prevail and justice will come for you.

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      Many thanks.

  140. I had no idea Greece was so unsafe! Violent crimes are on the rise everywhere it seems. Everywhere but many Asian countries, like TAIWAN. Here, people are friendly, well-mannered and self-disciplined. Streets (and hotel entrances) are SAFE! It’s like stepping back in time, to when a person’s word was their bond and people looked out for each other (unlike your boss). It is truly a kinder, gentler island nation. Come for a visit. You might decide to stay!

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    You are fortunate to be living in a beautiful and safe location.
    Thank you for your concern and all the best to you and yours,
    Kon

  141. I live in China and we see many differences (social, cultural, economic) in our society.
    Our image of the Western World is one of justice, fairness and somehow, perfection.
    Your words shed light on the reality of others and the complete blindness and selfishness of those who call themselves a boss.
    May you achieve what you deserve. I can tell you are fighting for it.

    ** By the way, we now have the opportunity to travel more and I will tell my friends to stay away from this woman’s hotels…

  142. You mentioned – the streets surrounding the hotel are overshadowed by prostitutes.
    How many?

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      This time last year, there were about 100 every night.
      The last two weeks the number of prostitutes has dropped by at least 80% — as a result of increased police presence. Despite this, you still see some prostitutes every night.
      I must add – this is still a very dangerous neighborhood of the city.

  143. I understand what had transpired. But why are you complaining?
    If I read correctly, you still have your job.

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      For now, I still have a job that’s correct.
      Yet, it is my right to complain and present the truth.

  144. It’s been almost 6 months after the operation, tells us, how do you feel?

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      With every change of weather, the left side of my face aches.
      If I run too fast, I feel a vibration in my face.
      When my 3.5 yr old daughter hugs and head butts me, I feel pain.
      Generally, it’s a weird and scary feeling to know that for the rest of my life I will have 16 screws and 2 titanium plates in me.
      It hurts and it is something that I have to live with whether I like it or not.
      Emotionally, all over the place. My family is my support.
      Thank you for asking/caring.

  145. Very sorry to read about your misfortunes. I am following the evolving economic and political situation in Greece and I believe the people are getting screwed by the criminal banksters who are in the process of looting our country.

    Hang in there, be careful, and watch your back.

    Hope you heal soon and are as good as new.

    Namaste.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      You are so right.
      Thank you for your time.
      Kon

  146. outrageous! If we can’t be protected while Singh outer jobs, then what can be expected of us to perform our duties to their fullest??

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greec
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      Yet, we are still expected to perform our duties to the fullest and keep quiet, no complaints and take what is thrown at us.
      That is why I had to write about my experience.
      Thanks.

  147. Thanks for checking out my blog, glad you did as I found yours. Your stories are moving, I send you peace from afar in Northeast US.
    -Lee

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      Peace… that element we all need so much!
      Thanks.

    • California Paradise
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    My best wishes for a quick recovery.

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      Greatly appreciated.

  148. Wow. I had no idea Athens was like this, and this lady and her company certainly do not deserve you labour. That treatment is really outrageous! The wicked never prosper.

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      Some areas of central Athens have become really dangerous these past few years.
      Treatment will always be outrageous for the unprotected in every business. One way or another, I will be out of there soon enough.
      Xie xie ni/Efharisto/Thanks/Gracias.

  149. A very upsetting story. It is people like Stathopoulou who have caused the economic crisis in Greece. These people only know how to abuse, steal, lie, and cheat. However, I truly hope that in your case justice is found and that she does not get away with her unethical behaviour. I did a search on her and saw that she is the manager of other hotels in Athens. I will definitely boycott all her hotels and inform my friends to do so too. Best of success. Be strong and stay focused.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for caring.

  150. Δεν φτανει που εργασεσαι σε τοσο ασχημες συνθηκες στο κεντρο της Αθηνας με τη ζωη σου να κινδυνευει και να ειναι θεμα χρονου να σου συμβει κατι κακο, τωρα που σου επιτεθηκαν δεν βρισκεται κανενας να σου αναγνωρισει τη δουλεια σου και τους κινδυνους που τοσες φορες σιγουρα στο παρελθον απετρεψες. Κανονισε να παρεις πισω ολα αυτα που δικαιουσαι.

  151. How utterly disguisting and shameful of your boss. It is extremely unfortunate when the management ignore the fact that it is their employees who make their business successful. Sad that your boss has no care for the welfare of another human being. Thanks for sharing your story with everyone. Hopefully it will end in your favour.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      It all has to do with greed and selfishness – I am victim of it.

  152. I will stay far far far from these hotels next visit to Greece. Thank you. Good luck dealing with this issue.

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      Thanks.

  153. After reading your blog, I can only conclude you must be relieved.
    Not everyone decides to face their boss the way you did by publishing your story in the world wide web.
    Kudos!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      It was a difficult decision but it had to be done.

  154. perhaps watch ‘horrible bosses’ & get some ideas ? 😉 .. all kidding aside, good luck & keep fighting 2survive & hopefully things will improve!!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      In the middle of this mess, thank you for making me laugh.
      I did enjoy the movie.
      No doubt, I will keep fighting and surviving.
      Kon

  155. Dear Kon
    A friend of mine reported me what happened to you. And it is just awful and disgusting that under the EU and Greek labour rights employers can get away with this behaviour. I wouldn’t give up and I would report it to international press ( the Guardian, Labour watches etc). You have been beaten twice, because you have tried to offer help and sort out a dangerous situation and by your boss for having accidentally brought up a hotel management fault. You are a victim of a injustice, but you are not alone.We will support you and all the efforts required to bring up the attention to the awful behaviour of your boss. When finally she will have to explain her behaviour in front of someone, she will feel ashamed. Individual actions can change things and situations, and don’t feel alone, I am with you.
    Silvia (Italy)

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Silvia,
      You couldn’t be more correct about having been beaten twice (and a bit more).
      Thank you for caring and it is very rewarding to confirm I am not alone.
      Kon

  156. It is very brave of you. You have set a great example for all.

  157. Sorry to hear of your injury and the awful treatment from your employer — but I am thankful you’ve written about it. You’re setting a good example for others to speak up. I will pray to the Lord for your healing and for positive change with your employment situation. Good often emerges out of days of difficulty. pdb

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Your prayers are needed for myself and many of us suffering similar ordeals.
      May the days of difficulty turn us into better individuals, stronger in faith and commitment.
      Blessings.

  158. Chances are, those cameras were not to help keep the place secure from people who would come to the hotel but so that management could watch you and the other employees. You’re hired to do jobs that you’re not trusted to carry out properly.

    It is a fact that a portion (not all) of the world’s employers are sociopaths. Employees must take time to educate themselves of this and related facts. Employees must become aware and vigilant; not carelessly reactionary and suspiscious of everything, but vigilant. When psycho employers begin to raise hell on employees, employees will be better prepared to defend themselves and their families.

    I wish you and your family the very best!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted January 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm
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      You raise two interesting points, way too real.
      – Yes, I am not trusted to do my job adequately. Regardless of the fact that I did because my actions stopped the thugs from trashing the place (would have created even greater expenses to the owners). Plus, the metal/screws in my face confirm it.
      – My best option to defend my livelihood and that of my family is to write my story. Everyone’s comments/support reaffirm my actions.
      Thank you.

  159. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post “Skew This”
    Words cannot express the sadness I feel for you and your family. Being assaulted is bad enough, but being wrongly accused by your employer is just adding salt to your wounds. Unfortunately, this is not a problem specific to Greece, it is world wide my friend. It is very sad how countries around the world are deteriorating. I firmly believe it is due to a lack of spirituality, both in the family and in government. The government that thinks it can flourish while turning its back on God is in for a rude awakening.
    I will keep you, your family and your country in my prayers, and I hope you are healed in body and mind.
    Sincerely,
    Mme Jocelyne

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Dear Jocelyne,
      Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I totally agree with you comment and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wishes.
      All the best to you and yours,
      Kon

  160. Your actions prove you are very strong.
    Society needs strong and crazy people who can raise a voice.
    Good luck man

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you, I’m going to need it.

    • They certainly do.

  161. With all due respect, I would like to say that I envy you for doing what I once was unable to do.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      It’s never too late to do something daring and crazy in your life as long as you are prepared to face the consequences.

  162. Wow Man, don’t you think that writing all these things against your boss is total madness?

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Yes it is, but someone has to do it!

    • No it is not! It’s about time people stand up and start speaking more.
      Congratulations for showing so much bravery.

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        Thank you so much my friend.

        • JO
        • Posted February 16, 2012 at 5:22 am
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        Mankind is doomed if we don’t speak out.

  163. Your boss does not want you to believe you can change the world because her world will crumble.
    Go on, keep telling the truth and all of it.
    I am sure this blog entry is just the beginning.
    Thank you for empowering us.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      I will keep speaking out and being myself for as long as I will live. I don’t want my boss’ world to crumble – I am only seeking justice.

  164. I hope I am comment #300!
    My best wishes for a speedy recovery and may you achieve your goals.
    Rob

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    Yes, you truly are comment #300.
    Thank you for stopping by to read my story.

  165. From what I read, you have a very strong legal case and a very valid argument.
    I hope the laws in Greece are as fair as they can be in some parts of the world.
    Good luck.

  166. Great writing. Are you a security guard or a writer in the making?
    Keep telling us more stories.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Trying to find the time to write more.
      Thank you for visiting my blog.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      I will keep you informed.

  167. “You must stop believing that you can change the world,” my boss replied.

    An interesting reply considering the cameras present at the hotel could hold evidence about your attacker. I am guessing your boss has some serious ethical flaws about her person or work. In reality, it will probably take the murder of an employee under her watch to truly change things.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      “Makria” as we say here… keep away the possibility of an even more violent event taking place.
      You are right, only something drastic, extreme will open the eyes of the ones at fault. It should not be like that.

  168. It is unfortunate that in this time of great crisis, many Greek bosses continue to demonstrate poor leadership. Without an immediate change of mentality, Greek workers will continue to suffer at the hands of incompetent leaders. I wish you the best of luck in this uphill battle my friend!

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      A real leader accepts its incompetence and its flaws and corrects the mistakes made.
      A real battle it is and ready for more.
      Efharisto.

  169. I’m sorry to hear this happened to you. I pray that you will get the justice you deserve and that you’ll have a better job after this.

    People who take advantage of others, or employers who don’t look after the welfare of their employees, will definitely reap what they sow.

    All the best to your family.

    Kind Regards,
    Adrian

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      Thank you Adrian for your prayers and I also hope for a better job in the near future.
      Take care.

  170. What an awful experience! Thank you for letting the world know what conditions are really like in Greece. It is not any different here in the U.S., and getting worse each day. Perhaps the world wide “occupy” movement will help! Sending healing thoughts your way…

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      Day by day, I feel it is getting better. Having written about the whole ordeal helps even more.
      Thanks.

    • Thank you for your recent visits to and post LIKEs on my rkrichardson blog. I hope you have a fantastic day! 

  171. It’s been six months, emotional and physical distress in high levels, plus the financial expenses I can only imagine you had to deal with.
    Wait! You have given us many details, explained what occurred, what is going on now = a mess, but the most important question must be asked: Have you been GENEROUSLY compensated?

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      The only compensation I received was that of love and support from the readers – and that means the world to me!

  172. Wonderful you’re so humble but reality is you’re the one with the metal and screws in your face. As you clearly explained, and we all agree that you have been unfairly treated (and that is putting it mildly)
    So tell us. Has the management been decent enough to cover your medical bills and therapies?
    (For starters)

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Not a cent.
      Thank you for asking.

  173. I am deeply moved by the story of the assault you experienced and the subsequent disgraceful treatment your employer has shown you. You are in my prayers for a full recovery and for obtaining justice. Blessings!

    – Abyssum

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      Blessings from Greece!
      Thanks.

  174. I hope that you are recovering well, and am curious as to how things are going with your boss after you told her about the blog. This is a terrible injustice, I cannot believe that she has been able to get away with it and that it seems as if there is little legal recourse for you to take. You should not only be compensated for your injury and suffering, but also thanked for you effort to go beyond your job duty and do the right thing. You seem to be an amazing man in compassion and strength. You are an excellent writer, and I hope that blogging will serve you well. People need to hear personal accounts of injustice across the globe so that we will care enough to also stand up. I did not know that Greece had such terrible prostitution, and that many of them are minors. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. I hope that your fight for your own justice may in turn bring justice on their behalf. It is terrible what the majority of people must go through because of the few with power. It also moving to see the amount of support you have received from people all over the web. In the wake of tragedy, there is still hope.

    Kind regards,
    Kristen

    P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog, liking my post, and following me =]

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      As soon as I told my boss about the blog, she asked me to stop by her office so we can discuss this issue. I decided not to go to her office based on the comments I wrote in the update.
      Plus, it is my understanding she is not taking responsibility for what transpired. I had to resort to writing a blog and exposing the truth wishing to gain attention to my situation.
      As for the prostitution, Greece, like so many other countries, is beginning to have a major problem with this issue. You see, bottom line is that these African girls are all well educated sweethearts speaking two and three languages!
      The sad thing is that these unfortunate souls were promised other jobs (modeling, house maids, waitresses, etc). Little did they know that from the moment they set foot in this place, things changed and they ended up doing prostitution against their will.
      There are thousands of them scattered along certain streets of central Athens mostly between midnight and six in the morning.
      Many people, including the media and the authorities have full awareness of this problem but no-one seems to care.
      Thank you for caring Kristen!

  175. As they Say Theeq-aneess? Hope you recovered all right. Are you working at Amonia Hotel? I was there 30 years ago and it was not as bad as it is now, you would have to go to red light district to see the prostitutes. Hope all is well with you my friend, yasoo!

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      No, it is not the Omonia Hotel. That whole area is completely different now. Prostitution and drugs have caused the crime rate to increase ten fold in the last couple of years.

    • “. . . a love for movies, rock music, and anything that had to do with mythology, fantasy, fiction, and the supernatural . . . favorite book is George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’.”
      Hey, I think you’re me! Very, very curious.

  176. First, thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post… given what has happened to you, I admire more that you have not lost your faith – in the goodness of people and that God will eventually work things out so that you are justified.

    What your employers are doing – trapping you between the proverbial rock and hard place – is reprehensible but I am more appalled that she should suggest you give up doing your part to make the world a better place. Thank you for continuing to make a stand.

    Whatever it is she wants to discuss with you, I hope you win the round.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for stopping by to read my story and for all your support,
      All the best to you,
      Kon

    • Phillip McElmuray
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    That’s very sad. Your boss is a horrible woman. I think something like this should be posted on bookings.com, as I doubt people would stay there knowing that the hotel is owned and managed by people like that, although it may result in the hotel’s ultimate closure, which means you’d be out of a job. I hope when the time comes you decide to leave and find a better job, although I know it’s difficult, but don’t give up hope. Many Greeks who don’t have it so bad (your boss) are deluded. They think the situation is not that bad in Athens or the rest of the country. They refuse to admit there’s a problem, thus allowing them to continue on as they have before, without having to think about whether or not their actions are part of the problem as well. Your boss represents that ‘type’. Anyway, best of luck to you

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      Indeed, many of the problems in Greece are a product of delusion, ignorance, and carelessness. It will take years before we see any real change from those who belong to that ‘type’ of behavior.
      Thank you, I have no intention of giving up hope.
      Kon

        • Sandra Branum
        • Posted March 3, 2012 at 11:16 am
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        Your daughter is beautiful and has your eyes. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. What did you think of Australia? I’ve always wanted to visit there. Regards, Sandra

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        Thank you Sandra

  177. All power to you! Pls contact the email provided.

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      You will hear from me!

  178. I can’t imagine the frustration and anger you must be feeling. Thoughts and prayers for a satisfactory resolution to this problem. Kudos to you for having the courage to make your story public.

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      Working on releasing the anger thru this blog.
      Indeed, your prayers and good intentions empower me.
      Thanks.

  179. At a time when Greece is experiencing serious financial difficulties, I would think that the hotels in the city would do their best to ensure the safety and the well-being of their workers and patrons in order to ensure that people will continue to visit and stay at their hotel. I am sorry that you have experienced such a nightmare! I wish all the best to you and your family and hope that some day you can find employment at a place where you will be appreciated for being a good worker and, even more importantly, a good human being. For shame on your boss for insisting that you stop trying to change the world. If not for that desire for a better world, we would not have people like Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi, and probably countless, nameless others who have made their mark on the world silently. And shame on the company for not attending to your needs more diligently. Any business that doesn’t treat their employees well, clearly would not treat their guests well either. It is not a place where I would want to stay.

    I will definitely share your story with friends and family, especially those who plan to visit Greece. And I will definitely remember this story and the name of this hotel should our family ever visit Greece (a dream of ours), although with everything going on there I’m not sure that will be any time soon unfortunately.

    Please continue to keep us updated on your conditions, both with your health and your work. And please stay safe!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Your succinct and caring message confirms my optimism for the human race.
      Thank you for reminding us we all have choices.
      I shall keep you posted.

  180. Etsi ftasame oloi mas, na douleuoume xwris n kseroume ti tha mas ksimerwsei. Me to agxos ths kathimnerinothtas, me ta eksoda na afksanontai…..kai mesa se oli auth thn paranoia kontepsame n ksexasoume pws eimaste anthrwpoi k oxi mixanes! Alla to xeirotero einai oti etsi mas antimetwpizoun oi ”apo panw” paravlepwntas tis uphresies pou prosferoume gia na sunexisoun autoi na kathontai stis karekles tous! Kurie Kwsta sunexiste na diekdikeite oti sas anikei….thn AKSIOPREPEIA k thn HREMIA sas…pou auta einai pragmatika ANEKTIMHTA!!!!O Theos na sas exei kala k esas k thn oikogeneia sas!

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      Ευχαριστω Χριστινα για τα ενθαρρυντικα σου λογια και ευχες.
      Ο θεός να σ`έχει καλά.

      * Thank you Christina for your words of encouragement and prayers.
      May God be with you always.

  181. I wish I had your resilience, compassion and humbleness.. You cease to amaze me with the fact that you actually returned and continued to work with the same employer.. Are work conditions that bad in Athens and that you remained in such a degrading and humiliating work environment??

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and being one of the first to ‘Liking’ my post.. “And so it begins.. 22”

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      Yes dear friend, the work conditions in Greece are terrible. As we speak, almost 20% of the work force is currently unemployed and experts predict the number will climb close to or even beyond 30% by the end of the year!
      So as you can see, losing a job in Greece is the same as losing a life – it never comes back once it’s gone.
      One of the reasons why I returned to such a degrading and humiliating work environment is because I wanted to present my story, the truth.

  182. Your boss is learning from the Govt. Offer 25% reduction in salary. Why not, if the Govt can offer 75% reduction in bond payouts? The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

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      Very true and we keep going.

    • Unfortunately that’s the way the system functions.

  183. Continue fighting for what is right, Kon. I believe “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” -Edmund Burke

  184. K. I’m sorry you had to experience the pain. From the perspective of an African woman fortunate enough to be living a good life in America, you are a hero to me for helping those poor exploited children.

    • Yes, very few people find the courage to do what you did. I fully agree with “Lovelydated”
      You are a Hero – don’t you ever forget it.

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    Thank you for keeping me humble.
    I will continue to do what I can, when I can to help those who live in worse conditions than I.

  185. The Truth About Greece For All Hellenes says:
    For any friends traveling to the Greek capital … given management treatment of this innocent, victimized and unjustly treated employees … its best to avoid ‘Athens Center Square Hotel’
    I don’t know the man personally nor have I stayed in that hotel … but this sort of behavior can’t be justified by the crisis, the recession or high unemployment. … ordinary honest working folks have rights and can’t be treated like dirt.
    Let’s not make unprofessional, oppressive and unethical businesses owners richer …

    https://www.facebook.com/GreekBusinessToday

  186. I saw your kind reply on my blog and then read your blog. All I can say is even though it seems your act of kindness was met with nothing but trouble, your kindness will be rewarded. Romans 8:28 says what darkness intended for evil, God will turn it around for those who love him. Put your whole trust in God, he will make a way for you! Thank you for stopping and reading my blog, art inspirations! I will pray for you!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you so much for your kind words,
      All the best to you and your family,
      Kon

  187. I am very sorry to read that you have been fired after everything you have gone through. Your boss is a terrible woman.
    Shame on her and all the best to you.

  188. Sorry to hear of your plight and hope you heal completely and find justice soon.

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      Thank you Stephen.

  189. This is outrageous! I am sorry for what you have had to endure. Sadly, it is a worldwide trend. As Corporations and Multinationals continue to consolidate their power; people and workers will become subject to increased indifference and outright retaliation should they attempt to seek justice or redress.

    I hope the hotel and this obviously avaricious and callous woman had the decency to pay for your medical expenses. The gall!!!!! ~ Ayanna Nahmias

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      Dear Ayanna Nahmias,
      Thank you so much for writing.
      To answer your question, my boss did not pay one single cent for my medical expenses.
      All the best,
      Kon

    • Ο ΤΙΜΩΡΟΣ
    • Posted February 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm
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    Απίστευτο, η διαβολογυναίκα τόλμησε να τοποθετήσει κοριο πισω απο το καντήλι.
    Αναρωτιέμαι,δεν ντρέπεται καθόλου;

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Μαλλον ΟΧΙ φιλε μου.

  190. Wow; this is disturbing and outrageous! I am appalled and angered that people in so-called developed and civilized countries like mine and yours do this kind of thing in the 21st century! Best of luck to you in the future and I hope that you can get the ear of the media and find justice in the end!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      The difference between you and I is that I live and work in an underdeveloped country ruled by local gangsters and thieves who have created laws according to their own interests.
      I have forwarded this link to Mr. Barossos office and pray to see the day when the European Union decide to bring changes to this land.
      Thank you so much for writing and I wish you all the best for you and your family.
      Kon

  191. I applaud you for your exposé. I had a situation in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA with the Boulder Highway/Nellis Wal-mart across from the Sam’s Town Casino. Twice in a couple of week’s time my car was stripped of parts. The last time gang bangers were attempting to steal my tires. I approached and disrupted them. They were parked in the parking spot next to my car. I was parked in the handicapped parking space real close to the store. I was parked only a few yards from the front of the store and the security camera. Wal-mart refused to look at the tape to see if the persons were identifiable. I didn’t ask them to let me view it, just their security people to see if the criminals could be identified stealing my car parts. If they could I would go to the police. Otherwise I would not waste the police’s time. Wal-mart refused to look at the tape and said it was against store policy. That made me believe it was an inside job. Someone knew they would not view the tape and that someone either worked for Wal-mart or knew someone who did. I would not put it pass the reason your boss may not want the video viewed is because if the people were caught loose lips sink ships and that might implicate someone she does not want implicated in clearing out the prostitutes standing in front of her hotel.

    I have not spent a dime since at Wal-mart and don’t intend to. Likewise, although you may suffer now, moving on to better employment when you are able to find it may be the best conclusion to your story.

    By the way, I don’t know about Greece, but in America installing audio and video is a privacy violation and guests may be upset to learn this. I would contact the American Embassy if you have American guest staying there.

    You are doing the right thing by getting your message across. With 357 comments in less than four months you’re doing a great job exposing your bad work experience. Good luck, my friend. I pray you heal both mentally and physically as well as find meaningful work where you can show the world you are a somebody.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Dear Cliff,
      Thank you for sharing your personal experience. I am really sorry to hear you had to go through a similar situation. Furthermore, I would also like to thank you for expressing such concern and prayers.
      God bless you,
      Kon

      • Sure, Kon. You got the worst of it. With me it was just my car. You are worth more than a car. It makes you wonder when you are victim why they won’t help you. Thanks for the reply.

  192. You are a Hero.
    Stand tall, be proud.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you G.K

  193. Hate to say it, but I am not surprised by what you went through. Nobody takes any responsibility !! The hotel had a responsibility to protect the guests and it’s employees. You put your life on the line and for what? It wasn’t worth whatever they were paying you. It is the sort of thing that could happen very easily in San Francisco (where I am from). We live in a world full of defeated souls, an appalling lack of courage, and refusal to take responsibility. And that is what is good about the world!! I am thankful that you didn’t lose your life or your sight. You are a brave, noble soul. You tried to deal with a volatile situation and got burned for it. The good news is that such cowardice and lack of responsibility on the part of the hotel has not gone unnoticed. That is the power of the internet.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Yes, I totally agree with what you wrote. My boss is now at the mercy of the internet.
      Thank you so much for your concern,
      All the best,
      Kon

  194. praying for you man–hope all is well

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for your concern. All the best to you and your family,
      Kon

  195. I have great admiration for your courage. Your actions prove you are a hero and your boss is a fool for letting you go.
    May good luck be with you always.

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      Thank you and may good luck be with you also.

    • She sure is.

    • I totally agree with A.Barrot.

  196. Πραγματικά θα πλήρωνα για να τη δω ματωμένη!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Ευχαριστώ για την συμπαράσταση αγαπητέ φίλε Δημήτρη
      Με σεβασμό,
      Κωστας

      • Γ. Μοσχονας
      • Posted February 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm
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      Της αξιζει!

  197. Sad to read this story! Greece is my favourite country and I don’t like to hear bad things. Last year I stayed close to that hotel at the Hotel Fresh. Lucky for me I didn’t see anything bad while I was there. I am sorry to read about the current problems but it will not stop me visiting your country!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you Andrew.

    • Whilst visiting Athens in 2009, I stayed at the Grecotel. During the evening hours the main square and surrounding streets were filled with drug addicts, homeless people, and prostitutes.
      Total chaos and very sad for such a historical City.

        • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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        It saddens me to confirm that your description of Central Athens during evening hours is 100% accurate.

  198. Hope life is treating you kind my friend. Blessing and peace.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Yes, life has been treating me kind and has given me the strength to slowly overcome all of this.
      Thank you for everything and all the best to you.
      Kon

  199. I cannot “like” this post… because it would seem that I was liking what happened to you.
    It’s an outrage when business owners take this kind of path. Surveillance, lies, pay-cuts, general douchery, all of it uncalled for and completely insane.

    I would take the pictures of the surveillance equipment to the authorities and tear her ass down.

    Good luck to you, I hope you get some justice out of it.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted February 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm
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      Thank you so much for your concern.
      All the best to you and yours,
      Kon

  200. What a beautiful family! I just wanted to drop you a note and say “Thank You” for liking my recent post on my blog. I just finished reading your post about the working conditions there in Greece and I pray for you and your family as you deal with it.
    God Bless!
    –Eric G.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted February 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm
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      Thank you Eric & all the best to you and your family.

  201. Hi! Thanks for visiting and following Czech the Flip. You have a beautiful multi-cultural family! I am interested in your accounts about what’s happening in Greece. I am now following.

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      Dear Grace,
      Thank you for following my blog and providing me with the most wonderful comments.
      I will keep you posted if something new comes up.
      All the best,
      Kon

  202. As you say, this is outrageous. I feel your pain, and want to encourage you to keep speaking out. No matter how many people get in your way, no matter how many doubt you. Speaking out in an effort to improve conditions for any cause can be fraught with negativity, and is hard work, but if people like you don’t speak out, then people like you now previous employer keep getting away with poor work conditions and bad behaviour. And thanks for following my blog, I will be reading yours regularly too. 🙂

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      Thank you Mrs.Swaffer
      All the best to you and your family,
      Kon

  203. Man, that’s cold! If I were you, I’d be thinking homicidal. I hope you can get justice. Crap like this should not be allowed to happen.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      I agree with you 100%

      • Hello. Hope things are better for you these days. I just wanted to update you on the traffic to your re-blogged link on my page. Since I re-blogged your blog on my page about half a month ago, 12 people have viewed it here. Your blog is one of the most searched for of my blogs. I wish you the best of luck with your situation, and I hope your x-boss gets what she deserves. Take care.

      • I just tried to send a message, something went wrong. Anyway, if you didn’t receive it, I wrote the following. I have been checking my statistics and have found that since I re-blogged your blog on my page, about 75 days ago, 12 people have viewed it from my page, and it is one of the most searched blogs associated with my page. I hope it helps you in some way to get justice. Best regards and take care.

  204. A sad story. Are you sueing your manager? Did you find another job? I pray that you do. Don’t stop helping others. There’s a blessing in that.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      No, I am not suing my boss. I am not doing this for the money.
      All the best,
      Kon

  205. I wish you all the best for a swift and full recovery from your injury. It’s nauseating that in this day and age some employers still treat their workers like disposable items rather than human beings. It’s a damning indictment of the wage slavery system and capitalism itself, as the whole economic rule is based on exploitation.
    btw, thanks for visiting my blog.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you Dave,
      All the best,
      Kon

  206. I’m glad you have gotten out of there. Your boss doesn’t deserve to have people like you working for her.
    All the best,
    Maggie

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      All the best to you too Maggie

  207. Απίστευτο και όμως αληθινό!
    Πρώτη φορά βλεπω εργοδοτη να συμπεριφερεται με τέτοιο αντιεπαγγελματικό τρόπο . Εαν συνέβαινε αυτο σε αλλη χωρα οι αγωγές θα της είχαν κωστησει ολόκληρο το ξενοδοχείο!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Οντως φίλε μου.

    • Γιάννης Χρήστου
    • Posted February 12, 2012 at 7:05 am
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    Έχω ακούσει απο φίλο που εργαζόταν κάποτε στην ίδια εταιρεία ότι αυτή η ζαρωμένη που έχει την εταιρεία εἶναι σκληρή, άδικη, και τζιγκουνα.
    Αληθεύει;

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Κατά κάποιο τρόπο ναι…

  208. This article is shocking to say the least.
    I will forward the link to this story so people I know can have the opportunity to read what this woman has done to you.
    A very big thumbs down to her and her “Athens Center Square” Hotel.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for your concern,
      All the best,
      Kon

  209. That’s awful! I hope that you will get another job soon. Fortunately the injuries weren’t worse. Wish you lots of luck in the near future!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you and all the best to you,
      Kon

    • Sorry to hear of your dilemma. This world is full of terrible people!

        • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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        Yes, it is.

  210. This is indeed an outrage!!!

  211. Η παρακμή δεν είναι μόνο στους σκοτεινούς δρόμους. Βρίσκεται και στους “ευπρεπείς” χώρους και τους “ευϋπόληπτους” ανθρώπους. Δυστυχώς για όλους μας! Εσύ το ένοιωσες με τον άγριο τρόπο.

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      Έχεις απόλυτο δίκιο,
      Ευχαριστώ για το ενδιαφέρον,
      Κωστας

  212. This is a most distressing story and just the kind of thing that we all need to hear. Why don’t you consider leaving Greece and starting up someplace new?

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Yes, my wife and I are considering leaving Greece.
      Thank you for your concern,
      All the best,
      Kon

  213. To diavasa! Lupamai toso! Lupamai eilikrina gia tin katantia tis dimokratias kai twn anthrwpinwn dikaiwmatwn tis xwras mas! Enos kratikou mixanismou pou dunamwnei tin ekmetalleusi kai ta “afentika” kai apodunamwnei tous ergazomenous! Dustuxws i eutuxws to nearo tis ilikias mou mia lexi mou epitrepei na skeftw pia! Ekdikisi! Kanenas sumvivasmos kai kanena xarisma! Sou euxomai ta kalutera sto mellon giati pragmatikoi an8rwpoi sunexizoun na uparxoun (akomi k ws afentika)!

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      Σε ευχαριστώ για το ενδιαφέρον και σου ευχομαι οτι καλυτερο,
      Κωστας

  214. Kon, thank you for stopping by my writing profile and for the “like” on friday’s post, which in a very opposite way…was a story like yours that talked about truth.

    I noticed that you listed lots and lots of catagories, and am wondering if you started out with intention to do lots of writing? I can understand if writing out your experience of violence was enough to put things on hold. I know that when I put awful experiences into words it feels good at first, but then…BANG…there it is, staring right at me. Ouch.

    I hope that your vision has not been damaged permanently and that you were able to find other employment. You’re family is beautiful!

    You might enjoy this post that I wrote that has links to two other men, who like yourself, have struggled to overcome tragedy.

    http://attendanceplease.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/surviving-desolation-two-artists/

    I hope my blog gives you a hopeful window as you heal, and I look forward to reading more from you and your story!

    with peace, Kate

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      Thank you for your concern Kate.
      You have put together an excellent blog. Please keep up the good work.
      All the best,
      Kon

  215. What a tragedy. My heart goes out to you and I hope justice is served.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you very much.

    • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece.

    • The only thing I can say is that I am simply appalled at the way your boss neglected and fired you.
      Just you wait and see. The same and worse will soon come her way.

  216. All I have to say is that your ex-boss is a horrible woman.

    • She certainly is!!!

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      She is!!!

  217. Brutal. Adding insult to injury. Pay the prostitutes to harass the manager.

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      I really wish I could but things just don’t work that way.
      Thanks so much,
      All the best,
      Kon

    • Great idea.

    • Please continue to use that voice and tell your stories.
      “Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” – Indian Proverb

        • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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        Thanks for the proverb,
        All the best,
        Kon

  218. ΑΥΤΗ Η ΚΥΡΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΑΞΙΖΕΙ ΕΝΑ ΞΕΒΡΑΚΩΜΑ ΚΑΙ ΕΝΑ ΓΕΡΟ ΧΕΡΙ ΞΥΛΟ!

    • ΚΑΛΑ ΤΑ ΛΕΣ

      • Γ. Μοσχονας
      • Posted February 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm
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      Συμφωνώ

  219. Reading about your horrific treatment at the hands of the hoodlums and the apathy of your boss gave me nightmares. As preposterous as it sounds to have happened to you in Greece, it may soon happen here in America as well. We are facing elections and if the Republicans win this kind of thing could very well happen here. They are trying to do away with many of the programs that help the lower and middle class and make it ripe to ignore basic human rights.

    Thanks for sharing your story. You are brave to speak out. I hope you do not stop talking about what happened to you. Just the fact that you were fired because you didn’t sign the agreement for cutting your pay is terrible. I know Greece is going through hard times right now and this has opened my eyes to the plight of ordinary working people like your self. I sincerely hope you get some compensation for your efforts. I pray you find a good job soon and one that will give you satisfaction. I also hope you can continue in finding justice for your experience. Take care, Clar.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for your concern Clar.
      All the best,
      Kon

  220. I appreciated hearing your story and learning first hand about the difficulties of your country. Growing pains of all sorts are around us in the world. There are many obstacles on the road to peace as seen in your heart and experienced by many others.
    “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” Buddha

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      Thank you so much,
      Kon

    • Wise quote.

  221. KM, it is terrible and nothing can make it go away from your mind but time is a healer. Just think that you came out of it alive. Only wish that your land comes out of its situation and you and your family can get on with life as before. If Argentina could come out of bankruptcy so can Greece. Here is wishing you courage and happiness inspite of everything else outside your control.
    By the way I appreciate your visit and finding something useful in my blog.

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      Thank you and all the best to you and yours,
      Kon

  222. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I read yours with shock. When things are so bad for the people of Greece, I do not understand how you could be treated this way. I guess it is true what they say about the best and worst coming out in people when they are under pressure. We are all in this world together – why can’t we see that and support one another?
    I wish you the best – and that justice will somehow prevail for you.

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      Thank you Wendie for your kind words and wishes.
      All the best,
      kon

  223. What a shocking story. I would like to nominate this horrible woman for the “Bad boss of the year” award.

    • That’s a good one.

    • You have my vote.

        • T.Adamson
        • Posted February 21, 2012 at 7:16 am
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        I’m with you all the way.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Very Funny.
      Thanks for making me laugh.

  224. Reblogged this on http://alfshouse.wordpress.com

    • Excellent.

        • Scar3
        • Posted February 18, 2012 at 7:59 am
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        This is so scary! Your boss, or should I say, ex-boss is a terrible woman!!!
        I must remember the names of her hotels to avoid staying there the next time I visit Greece.

        • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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        Yes, I think it’s best you do that.

  225. Sorry to hear what you went through. It was wrong and unfair but I guess life is unfair for certain people.
    It pleases me most to read that you managed to escape from that horrible employer.
    Just wait and see, something will happen and she will pay ten times for everything she has done.
    I wish you all the best.

  226. I now understand why Greece is in such a terrible mess.
    I am sorry to hear of everything you had to go through and feel anger that your employer got away so easily.
    Shame on her.

    • Boycott the Athens Center Square Hotel!!!

        • Antonelli
        • Posted March 3, 2012 at 11:27 am
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        I agree 100%

  227. Never in my life have I read something so tragic. Hope you fully recover and go on with your life.

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      I hope so also.
      All the best for you and your family,
      Kon

  228. Your post made me angry. That a manager can get away with treating her i employee in such a manner.
    It is simply disgusting. I hope you heal and find peace.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted February 18, 2012 at 8:00 am
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      Thank you for your kind words.
      Kon

  229. Incredible story and well done. My wife was a missionary in Greece five years ago. Looking forward to reading more of your work, and thank you for following.

    Steve

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      Thank you Steve.

  230. This is an appalling story of mismanagement by your boss. I will make sure that none of my friends, family or colleagues ever stay in any of her hotels. I wish you all the very best in the future and send congratulations for your bravery in posting about this.

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      • Posted February 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm
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      Thank you so much.
      All the best,
      Kon

  231. You have shown more bravery than most people ever have to show.
    Respect,
    T.Olsen

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      God bless you.

    • I also consider you a hero.

    • All the best to you, your family and your blog!

    • Kyle and Melissa Jenkins
    • Posted February 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm
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    thanks for the “like”
    sorry about what you had to go through

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      • Posted February 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm
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      Thank you for your concern
      All the best,
      Kon

  232. That is one incredible story; it sucks that you had to go thru that. But you’re alive to tell the story and that is just as important imo.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Yes, I certainly am.
      Thank you for your concern
      All the best,
      Kon

  233. I admire you for standing up and fighting injustice. You must always bare in mind that you are not alone.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      I thank you all for your support.

  234. Your ex-boss’ apathy is beyond outrageous. Her greatest punishment are the 500 comments confirming to her that she is total trash.

    • It won’t be long before they reach one thousand!!!

        • Γ. Μοσχονας
        • Posted February 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm
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        Ελπιζω συντομα

  235. Yes, the world wide web verdict has declared Dorina Stathopoulou – manager of the ‘Athens Center Square’ Hotel – GUILTY.

    • Guilty 1,000 times.

    • you know that you know
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    You are going to be the mold breaker. You will make a difference. You will be the person to start the change that is so badly needed. I can tell by your writing that you very passionate about the ailments of your country. I am saddened by the stories and pictures I have just read- but you are in a place where you will bring hope to others and promote change for the greater good. Please let me know if I can be of any help. Your story is personal to me because I believe in speaking out against wrong and standing up for what is right. Looking forward to following you on your blog.
    Take care

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      People like you keep inspiring me.
      You provide further reassurance that my actions have value, meaning and at some point may influence others.
      Thank you for stopping by.
      Kon

  236. Wow. I am very impressed. You certainly have a way with words.
    This is one of the best blogs I have read.

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      I am honored.
      Thank you Mr.Jess.

    • I could not agree more.
      K.Saunders

  237. To achieve so many comments to a blog is quite an accomplishment. Keep writing, keep sharing your stories and most of all, keep telling the truth.
    I found your story quite shocking. Many of us live in a bubble, in what we believe is a perfect life. We easily forget about the plight and difficulties many endure and this should not happen. Thanks to you we get slapped and if we want to realize life can be unfair and hopefully do something to help.

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      With gratitude.

  238. This is disgusting as more and more employers are using video surveillance at the workplace. It’s time people speak out against this!

    • This woman dared to place a microphone above the front desk. I mean what the hell? Who does she think she is?

        • T.Adamson
        • Posted February 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm
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        The Hotel owner is a prime example of a terrible nightmare.

        • Jenna
        • Posted March 2, 2012 at 6:58 am
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        The manager must be punished!!!

  239. Sorry to hear you were fired. You did not deserve this after everything you have been through.
    All the best to you and your wonderful family.
    Kate

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      Thank you for your support Mrs. Saunders.

  240. Your story really touching. It’s good that you share the story with us. Hope it become reminder to all employer to treat their employees more humane. Look what is the impact of their decision. it’s not only to the employee but to the whole family member.
    I hope you will getting better soon (both physically and psychologically) . I sincerely hope that you get another job soon, a better one of course.

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      Thank you for your kind words,
      All the best to you and your family,
      Kon

  241. Kon, thank you for telling your story, well done. Sadly, it reflects the fact that we live in a world where all too often the wicked prosper and the innocent suffer. Someday this will change, I want to encourage you in this. You are a brave man and it is apparent by your actions in helping the threatened prostitutes that you have a kind heart. If everyone took a stand for justice and would show such kindness to each other, the world would be a better place. But I do believe that the world can change, one person at a time. I pray for your healing and for blessings on your future. Perhaps this turn of events will lead you to something better for you and your wife. I do hope so! Best wishes!
    And thank you for stopping by my blog page!

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      Yes, if I had to help them again I would do it immediately.
      Indeed, your prayers and good thoughts are more than welcomed and appreciated.

  242. Hi Kon,

    What is happening in Greece is tragic, and sadly it is avoidable, but very much a result of the Global greed. I remember our Greek friends telling us how worried they were around the time of the Olympics, they could see what was coming, and told us stories about the financial corruption, which is international of course. I love Greece, and we have many good friends there who have always been very good to us and treated us like family. I hope that you get well very soon, and that you are able to find a good job with good people. I send you my best wishes.

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      Glad to know you have experienced some of the wonders we have to offer and still be informed of the nasty realities of corruption and injustice taking place here.
      Thanks for reading my story.

  243. Hang in there Kon. The world is with you, you are not alone.

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      Thank you for your support,
      Kon

  244. hope and pray everything has worked out since then…

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      Thank you Frederick,
      I may have lost my job but I feel relieved.
      All the best,
      Kon

  245. All I can say is that this is one hell of a story!!!

    • It sure is.

  246. Considering the present political and economic situation in Greece – a mess – you still went ahead and blogged about your story. Man you got some b….
    The best of luck to you. Hope you find a job soon.

    • More power to Kon.
      There are still some people who stand for the truth regardless of its consequences.

    • Kon did the right thing.

        • H.J
        • Posted February 26, 2012 at 7:08 am
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        It cost him his job.

  247. Yes, but his boss will remember what he did for as long as she lives.

    • I still think what he did was stupid.

  248. You say this because you will never be man enough to think up and do what he did.

  249. We are all entitled to our opinions. Time will tell what will happen to Kon’s life.
    Don’t turn meaningful exchanges into a battle of wills.

  250. If I were you I will sue her. Just go sue her at an employment court saying you were fired because you threatened to reveal to the police that they have illegal cameras, and that the 25% reduction is just an excuse. Also the microphone is very illegal. Just sue them man. BTW are you greek? If yes, then it would be easier for you to sue them due to same language.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      Thank you for writing Yianni. Yes, I am Greek.
      Like I have said before, I do not wish to sue my ex-boss – Your comments are her greatest punishment.
      All the best,
      Kon (Kostas)

    • Γ. Μοσχονας
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    Η συμπεριφοπα της συγκεκριμενης επιχειρισης αποτελει ντροπη και αισχος για τον Ελληνικο τουρισμο!

  251. This is indeed a shocking story. Do you mind if I submit it to the Amarillo Globe-News & The Austin Chronicle (Texas – U.S.A.) ?

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted February 27, 2012 at 6:59 am
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      Please do.

    • The least we could do is send this link ( everywhere ) for all the world to read.

        • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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        Than you Milena.

    • You must go ahead and publish the story.

    • What you went through is terrible.
      You have been treated unfairly but soon something good will happen and it will erase all the pain.

        • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
        • Posted March 9, 2012 at 5:25 am
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        I hope so.

  252. This is the third time I read your blog entry. Good writing by the way.
    Now, how the heck did you manage to pursue this crazy idea of your blog knowing its consequences – that you would get fired?

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted February 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm
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      Thank you for the compliment and reading my blog so many times.
      To answer your question:
      That’s who I am and I did what I believe is right.
      I do not regret my actions.

    • What are you saying man? This woman should have payed her employee many $$$ and here you are asking him the reasons why he decided to put up this blog.
      Are you crazy?

        • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
        • Posted March 2, 2012 at 7:10 am
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        Well said.

        • C.Taylor
        • Posted March 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm
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        Well said.

  253. My prayers are with you, man. Look forward now, not backwards.
    Andy

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted February 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm
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      Thank you Andy.

  254. What a story, nobody should have to go through this. My sincere prayer and hope for you is that your future is full of success and blessings.

    As I read the Bible I looked up the word ‘hope’ in Greek. And the Greek word that is used is ‘elpis’. The biblical translation for this in the Greek is ‘Joyful and confident expectation’.

    So have a hope ‘a joyful and confident expectation’ that your future is full of success and blessings. God is for you and things will turn around for you.

    Alex

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
      • Posted March 1, 2012 at 6:26 am
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      Thank you Alex and may God keep on blessing you and your family,
      Kon

  255. Hello. Hope things are better for you these days. I just wanted to update you on the traffic to your re-blogged link on my page. Since I re-blogged your blog on my page about half a month ago, 12 people have viewed it here. Your blog is one of the most searched for of my blogs. I wish you the best of luck with your situation, and I hope your x-boss gets what she deserves. Take care.

  256. I just tried to send a message, something went wrong. Anyway, if you didn’t receive it, I wrote the following. I have been checking my statistics and have found that since I re-blogged your blog on my page, about 75 days ago, 12 people have viewed it from my page, and it is one of the most searched blogs associated with my page. I hope it helps you in some way to get justice. Best regards and take care.

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      Thank you and all the best for you and your family,
      Kon

  257. Thanks for stopping by My Hmmm Colection and deciding to tag along. I’m curious to know how you found me.

      • Outrageous work conditions in Athens, Greece
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      A friend recommended your business webpage.
      All the best,
      Kon

  258. Τι ξεφτίλα… Τι ντροπή…
    Εαν η πρώην αφεντικίνα σου είχε λίγο φιλότιμο θα έπρεπε να πάει να χωσει τη μούρη της στα σκατά!!!

  259. Ποιος αθεόφοβος αποφάσισε να εγκαταστήσει μικρόφωνο πίσω από καντήλι?

    • Με τόσες παράνομες και κάμερες και μικρόφωνο πίσω από καντήλι, το ξενοδοχείο πρέπει να ονομαστεί:

      Hotel – “Big Brother”

  260. With so many illegal cameras and a microphone behind the candle, the hotel should be renamed:

    Hotel – “Big Brother”

    • Thats a good one.

  261. I am sorry to read of your dilemma.
    I hope you find peace and move on with your life.
    Sue

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      Thanks Sue.

  262. Excellent writing skills!!!

  263. Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my blog http://themiddlelifeofk.wordpress.com/ – every affirmation counts! It’s hard to say I “liked” your post because I get so upset about the injustice and ignorance, but I love your strength and conviction to do the right thing. I applaud your courage in speaking out and sharing your story and I hope things get better soon.

  264. Hello…My hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

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      Thank Sebastian

  265. Your stories are moving, I send you peace from afar in Northeast US.
    -Lee

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      Thank you Lee

  266. Thank You for following my blogI will do the same for you.

  267. Thank you for liking my post on the Mekong on my blog http://eastofelveden.wordpress.com.
    Interesting that you too like George Orwell as my latest posting is about Moulmein, a town in southern Myanmar that has strong Orwell (and Rudyard Kipling) connections:http://eastofelveden.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/the-road-to-moulmein/

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      Thanks for posting the link,
      Kon

  268. Thanks for reading my blog. I also love Orwell’s book, and appreciate your courage in telling your important stories.

  269. Thank you for posting your story. The world needs people like you.

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      Thank you so much for stopping by to read my story,
      Kon

  270. Your boss, or should I say ex-boss is a disgusting woman. Thank you for finding the courage to write your story, I look forward to reading more from you.
    Ruth

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      Thanks Ruth

  271. Continue fighting for what is right, Kon.
    I believe “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” -Edmund Burke

    Adrianna

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      Thank you for sharing the quote and all the best to you Adrianna.

  272. You have a beautiful family.

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      Thank you Dear Janet

  273. I now understand why Greece is in such turmoil.

  274. Wow… I am so sorry to hear about this terrible situation. I can’t imagine the emotional and physical pain you are experiencing. I wish you quick recovery, I am sure you will find a job where you are valued and respected.

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      Thank you so much for your kind words and all the best to you,
      Kon

  275. Your story really touching.
    It’s an outrage to read your boss took the path of surveillance cameras and lies.
    Fortunately for you the injuries weren’t worse. I hope you feel better and find a new job working with kinder and more honest people.

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      I hope so also. Thank you so much for your concern.
      All the best,
      Kon

  276. I personally work in a hotel in the U.S.A which is a Hilton brand hotel. I do know that if something like that happened at my job, the hotel would be libel for everything. Fortunately, I have an excellent manager and the owner is also a wonderful person who takes care of his employees.

    We also have cameras in plain sight all around the hotel for security. Anytime that there’s an incident that involves the police, the video is accessible to law enforcement.

    I don’t know the laws in Greece but I do know that if an incident happened like this in the U.S. and the management of the establishment handled it the way they do with the employee being fired, they would be up against a lawsuit.

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      Thank you for commenting and providing me with info of what would have happened if something like this were to take place in an American hotel.
      My unpleasant experience simply confirms that I live in a third world country!
      Thank you so much and all the best to you,
      Kon

  277. It’s outrageous you did your job bravely and well and were treated this way. You are a Hector or Lysander. But they crowned the brave man with laurel in ancient Greece. Now he gets fired. I will spread your story!

    Thanks for visiting my blog post about Santorum. There’s a world wide attack on women and men who are man enough to protect women.

  278. There is an old saying: “no good deed goes unpunished”. Your situation is beyond my ability to comprehend. It is one thing to see a whole country in turmoil on TV, and another to see what the direct effects are to one person. I am so sorry for your plight and will pray for you and your country. Don’t give up hope!!

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      It is wonderful people like you that arm me with hope every day,
      Thank you and God bless,
      Kon

  279. It is unfortunate, but many of us receive evil in this life while others receive all the good things, or so it seems. God is faithful in that He does not tempt us above what we are able to withstand (1Cor. 10:13). Those of us who seem to bear more than our “fair share” are those whom God deems worthy to suffer such ignominies for His Glory and will be rewarded consumately, as long as we remain faithful to God. This is the whole message of the Book of Job (“Thought He slay me, yet will I trust Him”, 13:15; see also 1:21f). The final chapter in this drama is played out in Lk. 16:19-end (which, I believe, is NOT a Parable but an account of actual events since actual names are used), wherein Lazarus the beggar who “received evil in this life” and the Rich man (Dives, by name), who “had all good things in this life,” had their fortunes reversed in the after life. This life is transient (“For what is your life, it is even a vapor which appears for a little while and then disappears” Jas. 4:14); the life after the death of the body is ETERNAL: which is better in the which to have the “good things?” Remain faithful to God, young man, and your reward will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven! Perhaps your former boss will be asking you to put a drop of water on her tongue to cool her in the fires of torment??? Pray for her eternal soul.

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      Thank you so much,
      May God always be with you and your family Bob

  280. Thank you for liking my blog! I enjoyed reading your post

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      Cheers Lightchazer

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    Thank you for checking out my blog and for following. I really appreciate it! If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to leave them. As I am able, I look forward to looking over your writings, as well. Keep it up and thanks again! God bless!

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      Thank you and Gob bless you and your family,
      Kon

  281. Thank goodness you made it out alive so you can live to tell such an awesome story.

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      Yes, I will continue to tell this story for as long as I live.

  282. All my best wishes for a new job.

  283. Hi! Thanks for viewing my blog and for following. I will do the same. You sound like a wonderful person and you sure didn’t deserve to be treated as you have been by your employer. Pretty awful that your heroism wasn’t noted and rewarded. Materialism and greed have rooted themselves pretty deep within our world but I do believe that is slowly changing. You have very loving and kind eyes. Please keep your spirit up for things will get better. Your family is beautiful. My prayers are with you. Many Blessings

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      Thank you for your kind words and prayers,
      Many blessings to you and your family,
      Kon

  284. WOW.
    Six hundred and twenty- something comments is a huge achievement.
    I’m pretty sure your ex-boss will hate you for the rest of her live.

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      I’m very surprised myself.
      Yes, I’ve gained my eternal hater — for a very good reason.

  285. I don’t know if you have ever heard the story about saving the starfish but it’s my favorite ever and it makes me think of you and the good you are trying to do. I’ll post it sometime later today just for you! Hang in there. Some of our highest moments start in the darkest places. Hugs to you.

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      Looking forward to reading the starfish story.

  286. Hmnn…in your ‘working conditions’ post, you seem more Oz than Hellenic to this remote observer. Seems to me, there are very good reasons for Greece’ current financial collapse; your story lights a scene that makes several of them clear. Particularly, your rather Anglo-Saxon attitude toward the law, which I understand is almost the opposite of ordinary Greek behavior.
    Your experience paits a scene where individual people are basically a disposable resource; a natural result of socializing everything else. I’m afraid the advancing financial decline will accelerate that as mass unemployment usually does. I suspect that we’re not too far behind Greece along that path…I wish you: Bon Chance!

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      Very perceptive of you to recognize my background, way of thinking and sense of fairness.
      Indeed, somewhat influenced by OZland.
      Kon

  287. I hope when you have time that you post more about your life there with your beautiful family, your growing plants, tales of your grandfather, and modern-day stories of Greece. I went to Greece once when I was just 17, and I loved it – I used to say, “When I retire, I’m going to move to Greece!” Now look at the difficult state of things….I wish you all the best!

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      I hope your dream comes true and you get to move to Greece when you retire.
      All the best,
      Kon

  288. hi.
    I know how bad you are hurt physically and emotionally. But I would just like you believe that whatever happens, happens for the good! Maybe that job was not suited for you and you deserve something much better.!! You must see the purpose behind it all !! I hope you are doing fine now!!
    Wishing you all the happiness and success!!
    Mayank

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      Thank you Mayank,
      I wish you all the best.

  289. This is a terrible situation. I shall be praying for you.

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      Thank you & all the best to you and yours,
      Kon

  290. So outraged for your situation. Praying that justice be done and that you are taken care of financially in the meantime…..

  291. We were so sorry to read of your terrible experience and your employer’s attempts to cover her — by doing what she did. Is there no government agency to complain too about the unfair treatment? We pray for you and hope that yo have a quick recovery and that you will find a new and better job.

    Rauna and Alan Benson (Dalian, China)

  292. *mouth hangs open* wow… just wow…


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