Waitress who was sacked for picking festival over work flooded with job offers

She was told: ‘If you cared about your job you would sell your ticket’

A dedicated grad who chose to go to a festival over keeping her job has now received bags of job offers. 

Emily Culhane was sacked after being told to choose between going to Electric Picnic festival and her job in a restaurant.

The Business grad’s story went viral after she shared it on Facebook, and now a number of places are trying to hire her, meaning she won’t be unemployed for long.

Emily first asked her boss for time off two weeks ago, but got a stinging response when her boss suggested she sell the €220 ticket and miss out.


Emily lost her job after refusing to give up her festival tickets, but has now been offered more work elsewhere

The former University of Limerick student told the Eoghan McDermott Show on 2fm: “When I asked for the time off she said, ‘If you cared about your job you would sell your ticket’.

“I panicked and said, ‘I don’t think I’ll do that’. She just said again that if I cared I would sell them.

“That was on Saturday and I got an email from them on Tuesday. I wasn’t rostered to work or anything, she hadn’t made the roster.”

Dedication: Emily's post on the Electric Picnic Facebook page

Dedication: Emily’s post on the Electric Picnic Facebook page

Emily faced a backlash from the commenters, but insists she is still going to the three day festival in Ireland, headlined by Blur, Florence and the Machine as well as Sam Smith.

She added: “People online have been saying I probably didn’t show up but the festival hasn’t even happened yet.

“The email just said, ‘Here is your payslip and the P45 will be sent out in the morning’.”


Emily was told if she cared about her job she would sell the ticket, but she didn’t

But it looks like Emily won’t be unemployed for much longer as she has now been offered a number of other jobs.

She was amazed to be offered four jobs in total, she commented: “One was a bar, one is a cafe and one is a recruitment job.

“It just shows you can turn anything into something good in the end.”