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Video Of Floridians Angrily Complaining To Local Officials About Masks Looks Like A Scene Straight Out Of ‘Parks & Rec’

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If there is one thing Parks & Recreation got spot on, it was what working as a public servant is like. Small town and city council and county commissioner meetings can produce some of the most unusual interactions.

You can see the sitcom’s version of what a local town hall would be like.

And while “I found a sandwich in one of your parks and I want to know why it didn’t have mayonnaise” seems like a far cry from reality, a series of videos from a Palm Beach County town hall in Florida show life does imitate art.

“Every single one of you that’s obeying the devil’s laws are going to be arrested. And you are going to be arrested for crimes against humanity,” one woman said, in reference to the state-wide proposal to wear masks in public areas.

The county commissioners had gathered to vote on making mask-wearing mandatory.

“Every single one of you has a smirk behind that little mask, but every single one of you are going to get punished by God.”

“You cannot escape God … not even with the mask or 6 feet.”

Another man in no uncertain terms said he “would die”.

“You probably already have your orders already taken care of. You don’t really care.”

“You could have at least faked it. You do not care about We the People. It’s pathetic.”

“It breaks my heart, because I would die for that flag, I would die for this country and I would die for the Constitution.”

Many people were so struck by the similarities to Parks & Rec that supercuts of the meetings began to appear across Twitter.

The commissioners then voted to pass a mask mandate at which point audience members screamed expletives.

Florida has seen over 10,000 cases in the past two days alone.

The virus is largely out of control in the United States as a whole, which has added over 30,000 cases a day almost every day this week.

The trend of people being so vehemently against their own interests does not bode well for the country’s pandemic response as we continue to struggle against a virus that shows no signs of slowing down.

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Written by Mike Walsh

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