A GoFundMe campaign raised almost $40,000 in less than three days for a college fund for the 17-year-old employee of the Polar Cave Ice Cream Parlour in Mashpee who quit after an opening-day shift during which impatient customers barraged her with expletives.
The campaign, started by Mark Lawrence, the ice cream shop’s owner, the Monday after the Friday, May 8, opening, received more than 1,200 donations ranging from $5 to $500.
“I have been inundated with calls and messages asking if they could send money or what could be done for her,” Mr. Lawrence wrote on the fundraiser webpage. “All donations, no matter how small, will make a difference. All funds will go directly to her College Fund.”
The Polar Cave Ice Cream Parlour in Mashpee planned to open quietly on May 8 two days ahead of Mother’s Day. The business, which operates out …
In a post on the Polar Cave’s Facebook page on Wednesday, May 13, Mr. Lawrence said he will turn over the GoFundMe account to a “Financial Planner or someone who is well versed in these matters” and closed further donations.
Any further donations should be made to help “other causes that you hold dear, they need money way more than this young lady,” Mr. Lawrence said.
He recommended donating to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, other small businesses, veterans organizations, drug recovery groups or causes that support abused children and women.
A post to the GoFundMe page on Tuesday by the employee who quit thanked donors. “To see this overwhelming support trying to make sure that I haven’t lost faith in humanity has truly affected me in ways you’ll never know,” she stated.
“I really thought this virus would bring everyone a little closer, maybe a sense of solidarity would make people inclined to be a little more compassionate,” the 17-year-old posted. “An overestimation on my part I’ll admit, but there’s no reason this cannot be changed now, and you all are the start of that change!”