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Maskless Woman Threatens To Shoot Man In Parking Lot After Realizing He’s Filming Her

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Earlier this week, a woman who refused to wear a mask threatened more than to spread the viral pathogen behind the global pandemic.

While at the grocery store, a man confronted a woman at the checkout for not wearing a mask. He also began filming the interaction.

The man can be heard repeatedly saying:

“Wear a mask.”

The woman’s initial reply is inaudible, to which the man replies:

“The state says you have to wear a mask.”

The woman begins smiling and waving at him, repeatedly dismissing him by saying:

“Bye! Bye!”

As the man continues to insist that it’s everyone’s responsibility to wear a mask to prevent the spread of the virus, the woman states she has a medical condition.

The woman explains:

“I have a mask, but I had an anxiety attack.”

The man replies:

“Okay. Wear a mask.”

The woman insists:

“I really do have a medical condition.”

To this, the man replies:

“That’s okay. Wear a mask.”

At this point in the conversation, the woman realized he was filming her.

Her demeanor shifted from dismissive to angry as she stated:

“You are not videotaping me. You will get shot outside this parking lot.”

She opened and reached into her purse, to which the man replied:

“Okay, I’m calling the police.”

The woman instead pulled a face mask out of her purse and started to put it up to her face as the video ended.

You can watch the full video here:

The video spread across Twitter, and many expressed their frustrations on both sides of the mask debate.

Part of the frustration is caused by people invoking a law while having no idea what the law does and doesn’t do. Anti-maskers keep citing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but the act doesn’t mean people can do whatever they want.

Under the ADA, people with disabilities can request a “reasonable accommodation.” Having curbside pickup or home delivery are “reasonable accommodations.”

If a business offers either or both of those services, customers with disabilities cannot demand they be allowed to walk around inside the business without a mask. The ADA also sets up penalties for anyone who fakes a disability in order to receive a reasonable accommodation.

Most online dubbed this woman as the latest Karen in the pandemic, stating she should just wear a mask already.

Others were disgusted that yet another person was using the “medical condition” excuse not to wear a mask.

Several others agreed and thought the death threat should be taken more seriously.

But some people disagreed. 

They said everyone should mind their own business. 

The pandemic is surely frustrating for everyone.

But as long as people want to slow the spread of the virus, it’s in everyone’s best interest to put on a mask. And if people don’t want to or actually, legitimately can’t wear a mask, the option to stay home or use the reasonable accommodation provided is there.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

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 www.mckenzielynntozan.com.