An ice cream shop in Massachusetts must close on Saturday, only one day after it reopens, because customers refuse to follow social rules and even harass employees.
Things got so bad at the Pole Cave Ice Cream Salon in Mashpee that an employee stopped the same day.
In accordance with the reopening guidelines, Lawrence said the store asked all customers to place an order at least an hour before.
However, many customers ignore the request and appear without doing so. When the store gets busy, customers express their anger at the staff, he said.
“Now I open the door to a whole new world, with gloves and masks and we run around like chickens, and people like where is my ice cream? I’m not the center of trauma, it’s ice cream!” Lawrence told WFXT.
“People forget how to treat other humans in six or seven weeks that they have been locked up in their homes. They have no clue how to respect other humans.”
The owner told CNN “F bombs flew like snowflakes” and customers refused to social distance, forcing shops to remain open nearly two hours after they were supposed to close.
At one point, one of the shop’s customers noticed what happened to get out of his car, put on a mask and gloves, and helped them serve ice cream.
Luckily, this ice cream shop story has a sweet ending.
These depressing posts quickly went viral on Mashpee, bringing up local news coverage and outpouring of support from the public.
On Sunday, Lawrence has reopened and customers are following the rules.
“Today is a much better operation,” he said on Facebook. “People place their orders an hour or more (several, the day before) before their pickup time. They follow the rules and it works.”
“Thank you for the outpouring of love and extraordinary support from many people,” he added. “This really means a lot to me right now.”