The manager of an ice cream shop in New York said he was fired for failing to serve a coughing customer without a mask


A manager at an ice cream shop in New York City said his employer recently fired him for failing to serve a customer who did not wear a mask, despite a state warrant issued months ago demanding that all residents wear face coverings in public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Thomas DeSarle, who previously worked at a Carvel ice cream shop on Long Island, told local station WABC in an interview this week that he was fired earlier this month following the incident with the customer.

DeSarle told the station he saw the customer in question coughing outside the store while he was working.

“He was standing there coughing on his hand. And again, coughing so as not to clear his throat. He was coughing hard, like a wet cough, ”DeSarle recalls.

“I said, ‘Sir, do you have a mask?’ Did not answer me. I said, “Sir, can I get you a mask? “All he did was keep looking at the board, trying to order,” he told the station.

A few moments later, DeSarle told the station that the customer had come to see him to place an order. But when he started withdrawing his money to pay, DeSarle said the customer tried to hand him a sweaty bill, which he didn’t want to take.

Subsequently, DeSarle told the station he was reprimanded by his employer for refusing to serve the customer.

“I’ve been told that if it is too scary not to work here anymore, too scary to work here, you don’t have to work here anymore. And I was fired from my job, ”he said.

DeSarle is now considering taking legal action.

An attorney representing DeSarle, Jon Bell, told the station they were considering “filing a complaint on the state’s website with Cuomo,” referring to the New York government. Andrew CuomoCoronavirus hospitalizations in New York City drop to lowest since early March 12:30 p.m. Hill report – Brought to you by Facebook – Public debate over face masks intensifies Twitter says 130 accounts are targeted in cyberattack this week LEARN MORE (D), who first issued the statewide mask warrant in April, where he said they “could take legal action against a whistleblower.”

“Being fired for following the rules and following the state guidelines doesn’t seem right, doesn’t seem right. It doesn’t feel right to me, ”DeSarle told the station.


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