Jelena Verdina, a teacher who moved to Britain from Latvia 14 years ago, said a customer recently stormed into a coffee shop in the city, where she is in a senior position, and “shouted at me ‘you are going to **** off from this country’.”
She said: “I don’t believe he was from St Albans, I think he was part of the group of people here campaigning to leave the EU.
“Our customers were great as they told him to leave the shop otherwise they would chuck him out.
“I have never been on benefits, and I have paid so much money in tax – I have a house here because this is where I live. Staff were coming to me, asking ‘what will happen to us?’”
“After the result, we had three different customers coming in, to say they love us. It is nice to be in an area where people are very supportive of each other.
“But some staff are very upset, as they don’t know about their future status.”