Shane Richie EastEnders star branded ‘disgusting’ for calling Thomas Cook collapse ‘karma’
Shane Richie EastEnders star has come under fire for calling the recent Thomas Cook collapse – which has cost 9000 UK employees their jobs – as karma. Just hours after the news broke that Thomas Cook would instantly cease operations, leaving many people out of work and hundreds of thousands of holiday makers stranded, Shane tweeted the word ‘karma’ to the Thomas Cook News account.
The stage star and singer, best known for playing Alfie Moon in the BBC soap, has come under fire as a result, with one person branding his take as ‘disgusting’ and another pointed out: ‘Understand you had a bad holiday with Thomas Cook but you are in a privileged position of being able to afford several holidays a year just think on the people who can’t and are now stranded.’
Someone else tweeted the star to say ‘shame on you’, referring to the people who have lost their jobs.
Shane’s comment appears to be linked to a bad holiday he had with the company last year. Speaking to The Sun at the time, he said of a trip to Mexico: ‘It was a holiday from hell. It cost thousands. It was supposed to be a holiday of a lifetime.
‘I was taking my in-laws for 17 nights. It was my worst nightmare. It was f***ing horrendous. I got spanked by them. At just 10.30am in the morning we were all sat by the luxury pool and there was a DJ on with drum and bass.
‘They didn’t mention that in the programme when we were booking it. Loads of things happened.’
Metro has reached out to representative of Shane for comment. Shane has since tweeted: ‘My comment was a dig at faceless management and not the thousands of employees who are sadly losing their jobs due to mismanagement. My thoughts are with the shop/ground staff who I’ve only admiration for ..there the ones who suffer today ..apologies if it read any other way xx (sic).’
In the wake of Thomas Cook crashing, angry holidaymakers have claimed Jet2.com has trebled prices. Ryanair has also come under fire for allegedly doubling prices in the wake of the holiday firm’s demise.