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:
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:
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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.
She could have saved everyone a lot of hassle if she'd just put on her mask. Other people with a broad spectrum of medical conditions wear masks. Why should she be the exception?
Her death threat should land her in prison.
— Sean #BlackLivesMatter (@SeanFlan45) July 24, 2020
They should have refused to let her in the store and should have escorted her out the door WITHOUT her groceries!
— Mycrazylife (@Mycrazy64212091) July 24, 2020
Whoa Wilbur! The Karens are getting crazier and crazier.
— Marilyn Wright (@happyfarmgirl10) July 24, 2020
Karens are killing people! You know what they say, "You can't fix stupid"
— Kimberly Ready (@ksrsailing65) July 24, 2020
Others were disgusted that yet another person was using the “medical condition” excuse not to wear a mask.
there really are people who cannot wear masks. that means, they cannot go into areas where masks are demanded. plenty of other ways to food. enterprises may enforce rules on decorum on their premises. this woman needs arrested.
‘You will get shot’: https://t.co/8ctD5awV8K
— Pamela Crossley (@daicing) July 24, 2020
She should have weapons removed from her residence as she has a mental health problem & feels entitled to lethally threaten strangers when having a tantrum.
— Karen I (@joy4ki) July 24, 2020
Several others agreed and thought the death threat should be taken more seriously.
Was she arrested? Hope the man filed a police report.
— Mikiala (@mikialakim) July 24, 2020
she should be arrested for threatening him with violence. if she wasn't, why not??????
— pjef (@pjef) July 24, 2020
She just threatened to shoot someone in the parking lot
— L.t. (@plantasycomida) July 24, 2020
She threatened to shoot him. Its an arrestable offense. He should press charges. This BS from stupid people who dont wear masks has to stop!
— Diana Smith (@dblondie) July 24, 2020
But some people disagreed.
They said everyone should mind their own business.
People need to mind their own business
— Stone Kidman: Outrage Merchant (@KidmanMakino) July 24, 2020
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.