A woman sacked yesterday after working at The Excelsior as a room cleaner for 26 years said she would probably continue her daily pilgrimage to the hotel. Ms Lau, nicknamed Nai Nai, sacked seven months from retirement, said: 'Reality is cruel, isn't it?' She first knew The Excelsior when it was a new hotel and she later used it for family celebrations. 'I have worked here since 1972 and this is heartless - we weren't given a choice, just the sack and our last cheque,' she said. Both her sons held their wedding banquets at the hotel. 'I thought, even if there is only one dollar to be earned, I want my hotel to earn it.' Ms Lau was among 80 workers given their redundancy cheques yesterday and although former colleagues were shocked she said she thought she would return. 'I'll probably come back to the hotel every day to see how it is, like an idiot,' she said. Managers met workers throughout the day, but kind words and compensation could do little to cushion the blow. 'We were all very sad. Some of us cried,' said 52-year-old former head chef Mr Kam. After working at the hotel for 12 years, he was given more than $300,000, including severance pay, payment in lieu of notice and a pro rata bonus for the first five months of this year, plus company contributions to the provident fund as he accepted the option to retire. Mr Kam, who was earning about $20,000 a month, said he received two months' bonus and double pay last year. 'All in all, I reckon the compensation is reasonable,' said the father of two daughters, aged 18 and 23.