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:
Man wears a mesh mask to Walmart. Did anyone think anything wrong with this? #COVID19 #CovidFriday #coronavirus #MaskMoment #meshmask #Walmart #Plandemic2020 #Sheeple #sheep #SheepNoMore #MaskWearing #dontfallforit https://t.co/A4VyCWnR10 pic.twitter.com/sWKRZIVGXB
— UKQAnon (@KadyQAnon) June 27, 2020
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.
Why do they protest on masks? It is to protect each other what’s so bad about it? I really don’t get it.
— graphy29 (@graphy291) June 26, 2020
Not just about u… wearing a mask prevents spreading to others in society. Of course selfish people only think of their own well being.
— Daily Illustration (@georgeandbunny) June 26, 2020
If you're wearing a mesh mask to protest, you're just an idiot. you already have a mask on, so all you're saying is "I don't give a shit about other people." https://t.co/2uwMBjW4o0
— Ryan Jones (@RyanJones) June 29, 2020
Others agreed and blamed the continued pandemic on individuals who behave like this.
It’s people like him that keep the virus alive
— sabit715 (@sabitante) June 26, 2020
Because of people thinking like him florida has 9,000 cases in a day.
— Ronald (@ronaldrainier) June 27, 2020
This guy is the personification of ignorance…
Mesh-mask man goes to Walmart to protest Florida face mask lawhttps://t.co/oPtMhUDZxd
— Michael Vine (@mpvine) June 29, 2020
No, buddy. All you proved was people in Walmart are not trained medical personnel and that they fully expected to get screamed at for nitpicking when they confronted you.
Congratulations. You're going to be responsible for new language in future ordershttps://t.co/nB2wHjf0PU
— Oscaron ☕ 🧐 (@oscaron) June 28, 2020
“Florida Man” at it again.
— Christopher (@chriszhaw) June 26, 2020
Some, on the other hand, pointed out that he has the constitutional right.
I refuse to wear a mask….my body, my choice!
— Freedom Analysis (DETROIT IS HELL) (@freedomanalysis) June 26, 2020
His individual rights are threatened!
— Senecca Lear (@LearSenecca) June 26, 2020
He’s wearing a mask.
— this wont end well… (@roofkorean96) June 26, 2020
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.