The workmen at the Wheatsheaf Pub, Cheshire, were sacked after a number of women complained about their behaviour and boys on a school trip were told ‘school’s a myth’.
Katie Bell, who works at Angel Beauty salon opposite the pub, said: ‘We saw them hanging out of the windows of the pub shouting obscenities at anyone passing by – mums, kids, everyone.
‘I’ve never seen anything like it, it was like they’d never seen a woman before. They then made a phone call directly to the salon, saying they’d spotted me in the window and what kind of things they wanted to do to me.
‘I was absolutely disgusted and rang up the owner directly to complain as did other businesses in the area. He was amazing – he apologised on their behalf, came straight down to the pub and from what I understand they were sacked on the spot.’
A mum-of-two, who asked not to be named, said her 11-year-old son and his schoolmates were shouted at by the builders.
She said: ‘The school boys were walking around town to learn about the history of the buildings when these men started shouting at them “school’s a myth”.
‘It’s not the sort of thing you want young impressionable lads to hear.’
Owner Andrew Pear said they were sacked by their contractor.
He said: ‘It was absolutely deplorable behaviour that we wouldn’t condone in any circumstances, but thankfully we were able to nip it in the bud very quickly.
‘You’d think that in this day and age this kind of behaviour is completely socially unacceptable. Their behaviour was totally unacceptable, it always has been, but perhaps in yesteryear people accepted it but thankfully we don’t tolerate this as a society any more.
‘Nobody could have anticipated this kind of behaviour, these were nine relatively young guys, all of them from the Stoke-on-Trent area, hired in from a recruitment agency that we won’t be using again,’
Locals took to Facebook to complain and boss Andrew directly responded saying: ‘Please accept our sincere apologies. The individuals involved were summarily dismissed at lunchtime today by our master contractor.
‘We have assigned one of our own team to monitor the works until they are completed.
This is totally unacceptable to us, there will be no repeat. We are as outraged as you all are, and genuinely sorry for any offence caused.’