A Massachusetts ice cream shop temporarily closed and one of its employees quit after the owner says his staff faced an onslaught of harassment when reopening for the first time over the weekend after being shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Cape Cod’s Polar Cave Ice Cream Parlour in Mashpee has stayed closed amid coronavirus despite being able to operate under guidelines for social distancing at restaurants.
Owner Mark Lawrence told Boston 25 News he wanted to wait until opening would be safe, and he chose the Friday before Mother’s Day to welcome customers back.
The TV station reported that Lawrence had asked customers to place orders an hour before pick up, but on the first day back, his limited staff faced harsh comments and vulgarity from angry customers who demanded ice cream.
“One of my best workers quit yesterday at the end of her shift, she stuck it through her shift,” Lawrence told Boston 25 News. “But the words she was called and the language, you wouldn’t even say in a men’s locker room. And to say it to a 17-year-old kid, they should be ashamed of themselves.”
Lawrence’s ice cream shop has been open for almost two decades and he said “word spread like wildfire” that it was open Friday, causing the influx of customers.
He told the Boston Globe that within two and a half hours of opening, “it was just insane” as customers filled his parking lot and soon began to hurl insults at his staff.
“The wheels were slowly falling off the bus,” he told the newspaper.