Earlier this year we exposed the underpayment and poor working conditions at the Lopresti ice cream and property business. The allegations keep coming in.
Words: Adam Cantwell-Corn
Photos: Rita Dizome
Workplace exploitation and £2.50 per hour wages, unsafe accommodation, withheld deposits and intimidation. All of these come served with a flake and chocolate sauce at SM Lopresti & Sons ice cream, the Bedminster based ice cream vendor.
Cable investigations over two years (See edition 11) have uncovered potentially illegal and immoral practices spanning decades at the ice cream and property business. So far there has not been public action by the authorities, although the Bristol Cable will keep the pressure up. Representatives of SM Lopresti & Sons have not responded to a request for comment.
So far 13 former tenants and employees have come forward with serious and verifiable accusations. The complaints arise from the ice cream business and some of the 19 properties verifiably owned by family members who also work for SM Lopresti & Sons.
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Going undercover: Wages paid vs wages owed to Cable undercover reporter for 27 hours worked
Bravely blowing the whistle on unacceptable practices. Former workers and tenants speak out*
Margarita, a former tenant and employee of the Lopresti business on the illegal payment, poor conditions and abuse
Mike, former employee
Charlie, former employee
Mikaela, former tenant
James, former tenant
*All names have been changed
Lopresti ice cream vans around Bristol
Would you like a flake with the unpaid wages?
Taking a nice stroll with friends and family this glorious summer? You may be tempted by one of the 12 Lopresti ice cream vans positioned in some prime Bristol spots – eight of which we’ve pictured here (not all of them bearing the family name as the “Lopresti” stickers are being removed following the investigation!). Considering the track record of the business, maybe you’ll think again!