“You think the tourists are going to come back after a f–king shooting? If you were a tourist, would you come back after what happened Saturday?” a male waiter at Prime Catch on West 46th Street told The Post on Monday.
“Ciao bello. We got some reservations on Mother’s Day, but it wasn’t what it should have been,” said the employee, noting that the eatery had 15 reservations this time last week — and none now.
“You have a shooting in Times Square — who’s safe? Where’s the police? How did this happen in Times Square? It’s supposed to be 100 percent policed.”
Three innocent bystanders, including a 4-year-old girl waiting to go toy-shopping, were shot when an illegal CD peddler allegedly started firing at his brother during a dispute around 5 p.m., according to cops and law-enforcement sources.
The incident caused bloody mayhem in the famed Crossroads of the World, and the shooter is still in the wind — but that didn’t stop the mayor from insisting Monday that the bloodshed won’t hurt tourism.
“I don’t think it will, honestly,’’ he said at a press conference. “This is a very safe place.”
But a worker at A2Z Smoke Shop on Eighth Avenue said bluntly, “It’s gone completely to s–t out there.”
“Times Square, Eight Avenue, it’s all s- -t,” he said. “The homeless are everywhere, the stabbings, and now this shooting in broad daylight? Of course foot traffic is low.
“The mayor thinks everything is fine? Of course it’s fine. He has his own security. I don’t have security.
“I’m afraid to even take the subway, and I only live 40 blocks from here. I take the money I get from tips to pay for a cab home.”
Steve Tommy, general manager of Havana Central Restaurant & Bar on West 46th Street, said the restaurant only had one lunch reservation Monday compared to about half a dozen last week and no walk-ins — when the joint should have been relatively crowded with them.
“We’re starting to get back the older crowd, the regulars, and of course, they’re the first ones to say, ‘Oh no, too dodgy,’ ” Tommy said.
“On Sunday, which is Mother’s Day, one of the busiest days of the year, there were so many cancelations because people didn’t feel comfortable coming to Times Square.
“I know we’ll survive this, but what else are they going to throw at us? … We’re going back 30 years as far as the crime is concerned.”
Ciro Heta, manager of Tony’s Di Napoli on West 43rd Street, noted that local businesses were just starting to bounce back from the pandemic.
“Now that we’ve got the COVID under control, this will be a major problem going forward,” Heta said of the city’s reputation when it comes to crime.
“New York’s theaters, stadiums, museums are only just starting to open, but who wants to come to New York when something like this happens in the middle of the day?
“Listen, everything will be forgotten in a few days,” he said. “But if these shootings happen like this and people get knifed on the subway and pushed onto the tracks, we’re not going to come back like we used to.”
Tom Harris, acting president of the Times Square Alliance, which promotes business in the area, seemed more optimistic.
“While this weekend’s incident was terrible and proves that we have work to do, we are confident that Times Square will remain safe and secure for people to visit as the City starts to reopen,” he said in an e-mailed statement.