Florida Man Wears Mesh Mask To Walmart To Protest ‘Hitler-Type’ Mask Requirement


In an attempt to prove a point about the requirement to wear a mask in public, a man in Florida wore a non-compliant face mask into Walmart.

Though face masks are not required across the entire state — per Florida Governor Ron DeSantis — the wearing of face masks is mandatory in some counties.

In Tampa, Florida, where the “Mesh Mask Man” lives, masks are required in order to enter public venues.

To prove a point about the requirement, the man wore a highly breathable mesh mask, commonly used for dirt biking or paintball. He wore the mask when he entered Walmart and throughout his shopping trip there.

Upon exiting the store without a hitch, the man recorded a video of his protest and shared it on social media.

In the video, he called the requirement a “Hitler-type ruling” as he explained:

“So I just left Walmart. You can see it behind me. So I’m in a county where the state just passed a, I don’t know what it is, the county commissioner made a Hitler-type ruling that says, ‘You know, I just decided that everybody has to wear a mask if they go inside of a store.'”

“So I purposely wore this mask today. You can see my mouth through it. You can see me talking. And it just goes to prove that it’s not about safety.”

“Because if I sneeze, if I cough, if I talk or spit, anything I do is going to come right through this mask, obviously, because this isn’t a mask designed to use in hospitals or anything. This is just, I think, for dirt biking, so you don’t bust up your face.”

“So the point is, nobody looked twice at this mask. Nobody gave me any s**t. Nobody will give me any s**t, because it’s not about safety.”

“What it is about is compliance. I complied, I was a good little sheep, I had a covering on my face, but it doesn’t protect anybody from anything, and not one person said a word.”

“Not one store employee, not one other person in the store, not even the security guard that happens to be standing and watching this particular Walmart.”

“They all looked at it. They all looked like, ‘Oh, that’s interesting,’ but not one person said a word.”

You can watch the whole video here: 

Upon seeing the video on Twitter, users had a lot to say about the man’s face covering.

Some could not understand the resistance to protect other people. 

Others agreed and blamed the continued pandemic on individuals who behave like this.

Some, on the other hand, pointed out that he has the constitutional right. 

As the pandemic continues, though many of us are going back to work and loosening up on social distancing requirements, it doesn’t seem that masks are going away anytime soon.

Many more people will inevitably make their feelings known about wearing masks before this is over.

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit