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Shain’s of Maine lost its most prominent customer – the Portland Sea Dogs – Friday after a social media storm caused by an accusation of racial bias against the Sanford ice cream maker’s owner.
The online protests of Shain’s of Maine began Wednesday morning after Melitta Nichols posted on Facebook about an incident involving her daughter Iaomi, who worked at Shain’s and who is black. Nichols posted that Jeff Shain, the company’s owner, asked her daughter why he couldn’t use a racial slur.
The post came as the country was witnessing massive emotional protests of racial injustice spurred by the death of George Lloyd – a black man – at the hands of Minneapolis police. Nichols’ post prompted calls for businesses to cut ties with Shain’s, which operates an ice cream parlor in Sanford and serves as a supplier to other busineses.
Other local ice creams shops or restaurants have announced on Twitter they ‘ll stop using Shain’s products, including The Ice Cream Dugout in North Windham and Maxim’s Desserts in Kennebunk.
In a Facebook post later Wednesday, Jeff Shain said his comments to Nichols came after workers at the ice cream parlor were playing …
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