The local community has helped independent café, Bubble Boba, after they endured abuse and damage to their property when they were mistaken for the controversial bubble tea chain, MooBoo.
Neil and Kristin McCoy-Ward, owners of Bubble Boba, had passers-by hurling abuse at them after news that their rival café (MooBoo) had prospective employees complete more than 40 hours of unpaid work, without guarantee of a job.
An undercover investigation revealed emails from bosses at MooBoo telling applicants that wish to become ‘tea artists’ to complete 40 hours of training.
Owners of Bubble Boba have taken a financial blow by the boycott which included parts of their shop being damaged by locals.
The community have offered help in repairing the damage to the café after hearing of the misplaced hate campaign in The Telegraph.
“Yesterday was terrible in terms of sales. In financial terms, we took another loss. But it may just be that people wanted to avoid the whole conflict going on and stay away yesterday and they will start coming back in today,” the co-owner at Bubble Boba, Neil, said.
“We have had a very kind offer from a local designer who has started to redesign our shop for us though. He started yesterday and even repaired the wood where the bubble tower caused water damage and he’s replacing our beautiful pink seating. He’s painting the shop over the next two days.”
“We also had someone come in to help repair the bubble tower, he sealed the crack, repaired the leaks, base and pump.”
“Now it’s just the LEDs that are fried which we need to find someone to help to repair.”
“We’ve also had a kind lady offer to organise bringing in a group of her friends to boost sales and to fundraise for a new bubble tower,” he added.
His wife and co-owner, Kristin, thanked everyone for the support during the time of hardship for their business.
“We’ve had a lot support recently which is amazing and luckily, people are kind of understanding that there’s so many different companies of bubble tea and we are one brand,” Kristin said.