In a move to prevent gay relationships at Brunei-owned hotels, staff have been instructed to work in opposite-sex pairs
In a move to prevent gay relationships at Brunei-owned hotels, staff have been instructed to work in opposite-sex pairsFollowing Brunei’s new laws to flog and stone gay people, staff at the nine luxury hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei have been instructed to work in opposite-sex pairs at all times.
The hotel chain includes the Dorchester in London and the Beverly Hills in America.
Staff rotas have been quickly rearranged so no two members of the same sex ever work alone, and staff must perform all their duties in opposite-sex pairs.
Tracy, 28, a receptionist at the Dorchester said: “I don’t mind ’cause I quite fancy Brian who does portering but it gets a bit awkward when you have to go to the loo and it’s, like, you know, noisy.”
Management are currently working double shifts to provide “pair cover” for each other while the cost of room service has doubled as meals must be delivered by both a waiter and waitress.
One of the Chefs, who declined to be named but who had a pronounced French accent said: “C’est fou! Monsieur Sultan Bolkiah is off his tiny rocker. How am I supposed to run a kitchen with everyone running around in twos?
“If he doesn’t like gay sex he should stop doing it! Me, personally, I can take it or leave it. C’est la vie!”
In the Beverly Hills, Donnie Ledermüller, 32, is a valet. “Now Susie gotta get in while I park a car,” he said. “It’s like having my Mother with me backseat driving. Although Susie don’t say anything, she’s real cute, too.
“But sometimes when we’re really busy and short of staff, Bernie from housekeeping has to put on a waitress uniform and sit in the back. He’s a bit shy about it but he has long hair so that helps. I dunno if he’d get stoned for that over there but we never, you know, do anything.”
The Brunei hotel chain was not available for comment but staff at all nine hotels have reported a sharp decline in bookings.