(CMR) Going into any major establishment in Jamaica, prepare to stretch out your hands and be sprayed with an unknown chemical. A chemical most security guards, who administer the substance, say is hand sanitizer or alcohol.
The now almost routine practice did not go down well with a popular businesswoman who visited Scoops Unlimited, the operators of Devon House ice cream parlour, on Saturday.
According to Yannek Page, who shared her ordeal on Twitter, she visited the location known for its world-famous ice cream to purchase $3,600 JMD (about $27 USD) worth of ice cream.
Upon entering the ice cream shop, she was signaled to be sprayed by the person at the door, however, she declined, noting she had her own hand sanitizer.
Page claims despite her hand being in gloves and having her own hand sanitizer, she was refused entry into the establishment.
“The security guard at the door politely told me that if I don’t take my gloves off & sanitize my hands with their sanitizer I’m not allowed in the store,” Tweeted Page.
Page noted that she left the establishment without the ice cream for her kids.
Since sharing her ordeal, “Devon House” has been trending on Twitter with mixed reactions to Page's tweet.
While some Jamaicans agreed with her, highlighting that it is unclear what exactly these business establishments are spraying on customers; others thought that Page was using her influence to breach protocols.
“Imagine thinking your US$25 is somehow worth breaking current protocol to deal with a global pandemic that will absolutely thrash this island if it cuts loose here. Sorry to hear about your hand allergies,” read one man’s Tweet.
“Yuh gloves fresh from the pack or you been elsewhere out and about with the same gloves? If your answer is the latter, the security guard did the right thing,” added another Twitter user.
Yaneek Page is the founder and managing director of Future Services International Limited(FSIL), a pioneering company in legal funding in Jamaica.