Marisa Yamane of KHON2 reports the Baskin-Robbins at Waikele Center used to be the busiest in the state.
Now, it’s the emptiest.
On July 12, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) announced that anyone who ate at Baskin-Robbins at Waikele Center between June 17 and July 3, 2016 (actual dates: June 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 27, 30, and July 1 and 3), may have been exposed to hepatitis A.
That’s because one of the workers there caught the virus.
Since then, business has dropped 75 percent.
“The toughest part is having to take in all the harassment because I worked the — I might tear up — I worked the next morning and people would call and say mean stuff, and you just have to take it in, because you can’t control what people think,” Espiritu said.
She said people have told them they want to sue the store, or that they want the store to pay for their family to get vaccinated.
In fact, state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said the store is “not at fault. They should not be looked down upon. This could happen to any food establishment out there.”
“We don’t deserve to be harassed or slandered because it’s not fair. We didn’t ask for our employee to have the infection, you know,” Espiritu said.