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Ex-Hotel Worker

I Was Fired for

PRAISING Jennifer Aniston

10/13/2012 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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An ex-employee of a New Mexico hotel claims he was FIRED for talking about Jennifer Aniston to hotel guests while she was staying on the property ... even though all he said was that she's "very sweet."

A man named Terry Siegler says he worked at the Encantado Resort in Santa Fe as a shuttle bus driver -- but as of Monday, he was no longer employed ... because he allegedly violated the hotel's confidentiality policy regarding famous people.

Terry tells us, the alleged violation occurred last week when he was shuttling random hotel guests who had just seen Jennifer Aniston in the hotel spa.

Terry says the guests asked if he had seen Aniston, and he replied yes, telling them Aniston is "very sweet and much more petite than I thought."

According to Terry, the guests then went back to the hotel where they openly yakked about their discussion with him -- and a member of Jen's camp overheard them, believing Terry was divulging information about Aniston to guests.

We're told Aniston's pal reported the incident to hotel management -- which then fired Terry this week, citing the celebrity policy violation.

Terry says it's part of his job to engage guests and be friendly -- claiming, "They brought [Jennifer] up first ... Was I supposed to deny it?"

Terry says he's crushed after losing his $30,000-a-year job, but he's still unsure if he'll sue for wrongful termination.

The GM of the resort tells TMZ, "I cannot confirm anything about our employees but I will say that we have a very strict confidentiality policy and we do enforce those policies."

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Ryan Gray    

I have known Terry for almost 7 years now and consider him to be a close friend and think that Four Seasons (Encantado) has gone a little overboard. I have worked in the luxury hospitality for many years now and understand guest confidentiality but come on... Firing Terry over a compliment is ridiculous. Aniston needs to at least reach out to him. It wont fix the situation but it cant hurt it.

737 days ago
92.

Pete1967    

She loves to play the media, she hardly does anything without calling the paps - but when a bus driver says something nice, something small and unimportant someone from her team complains..... what a hypocrite. Especially since she markets herself as someone who is down to earth. Why would anyone who in genuine down to earth want to get someone fired for making such a minor mistake.
One week has passed and it looks like she had done nothing to get this man his job back, whereas it would probably only take one call from her assistant. What a shame she has done nothing to help him. She could still turn this around and get positive press from it all.

736 days ago
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