Grandmother suffered online abuse after eating at local pub

Geraldine Adler was called a 'fat greedy pig'

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Grandmother suffered online abuse after eating at local pub

A grandmother was horrified when she went for a pub lunch at her local and was branded a "greedy, fat pig" who looked like movie whale Free Willy by staff on Facebook.

Geraldine Adler and her partner Anthony Hayes, who are regulars at the Duke of Monmouth in Oxford, were horrified by the vile messages sent from the establishment's official page.

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The pair had popped in for a quick bite to eat after coming back from a week-long holiday in Gran Canaria when she received a barrage of abusive and sexual messages.

In the first comment from the pub's account, which she spotted later that day, the poster said: "Glad you're back again Geraldine Alder. If you weren't here so often we wouldn't sell half as much food. Glad your (sic) such a big fat pig."

When she questioned what had been posted, she was told: "Truth hurt you fat greedy pig."

Ms Alder responded, saying: "You can't say this on social media. Will be taking these comments up with the brewery."

Just two minutes later, the pub account replied: "Take it up your a*** again. You horrible b****. Stay away and keep away. Your barred you peasant xxxx (sic)."

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After she began responding to the abuse, further messages she received included: "Stay on your side of Donnington bridge you slavery old b****. Sick of wiping up dribble from your table."

The person posting from the account then told her she looked like movie whale Free Willy in recent holiday pictures, before all the posts were deleted.

The 52-year-old immediately called the pub, owned by Greene King, and was told they would investigate, however the brewery say they have been unable to locate where the messages were sent from.

After apologising, Ms Alder, of Oxford, was shocked when the company offered just a free meal to make up for the vile messages she received.

Ms Alder, who runs her own catering company, said: "I know all the staff that work in there and I often have a laugh and joke with them.

"Now I don't feel like I have had a break at all, since I received the messages I haven't slept as well and it has really stressed me out."

The mother-of-six, who has 11 grandchildren, said she first spotted the offensive messages on her account when she and Mr Hayes were at her son's house later that day.

Ms Alder said: "Whoever did it said I looked like Free Willy in my holiday pictures and knows where I live - they mentioned my road name."

A spokeswoman for Greene King said: "We are very sorry for the offensive comments that appeared on the Duke of Monmouth Facebook page.

"We are investigating the source of the comments and have reviewed our Facebook security.

"We are in contact with the guest directly to apologise and provide appropriate compensation, and would like to reassure guests that the comments do not in any way reflect the views or opinions of the team."


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