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Minnesota Couple Banned From Walmart After Being Confronted For Wearing Nazi Face Coverings

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The simple request of wearing a face mask in public to prevent the spread of the pandemic has brought out the worst in more Americans than anybody could have predicted.

A now-viral video shows a couple in a Marshall, Minnesota Walmart wearing Nazi flags as face coverings in the checkout line.

You can watch the video here:

The couple who filmed the video, Raphaela Mueller, 24, and Benjamin Ruesch, 29, can be heard confronting the pair for their tasteless masks.

Ruesch said off-screen:

“You’re sick.”

“You can’t be American and wear that mask. You cannot. We literally had a war about this.”

The unidentified woman approaches the couple denying that she was a Nazi, saying that America would become Nazi Germany if Joe Biden was elected.

After being asked to leave by store management, the pair reportedly became belligerent.  Shortly after, the couple were banned from Walmart nationwide for at least one year.

In a statement to BuzzFeed NewsWalmart said the incident was “unacceptable.”

“We strive to provide a safe and comfortable shopping environment for all our customers and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment in any aspect of our business.”

“It’s unfortunate that some individuals have taken this pandemic as an opportunity to create a distressing situation for customers and associates in our store.”

As cases of the virus surge in nearly every state across the nation—and masks become more of a mandate in public areas—it seems like an invitation for more folks like this to come out of the woodwork.


Written by Mike Walsh

Mike is a writer, dancer, actor, and singer who recently graduated with his MFA from Columbia University. Mike's daily ambitions are to meet new dogs and make new puns on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikerowavables.