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A video capturing an angry mob setting upon a shopper who was in a grocery store without a mask is making the rounds online.
The store was identified online as a Staten Island Shoprite, and while that’s unclear, the fact that other shoppers are verbally attacking a woman without a mask is clear to see. The defiant appears to continue shopping in the 22-second clip.
“Get out! Get out!” a woman is heard shrieking, as the mob attempts to drive the lady from the store.
Another voice, from a male, can also be heard yelling, “Get the f*ck out!”
Wow. In Staten Island, New York someone came to a grocery store without a mask. And other patrons drove them out. pic.twitter.com/WyitJVU9cx
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) May 25, 2020
Left-leaning Newsweek reported that the woman was “asked to leave by a handful of grocery store customers in Staten Island, New York.”
Which is somewhat like saying Nazi Germany “asked” Jews to leave the country.
Newsweek added that the video “is part of a wave of social shaming” on social media sites, “aimed at people not wearing face masks in public places.”
On April 15, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing all New Yorkers to wear masks or face coverings while in public.
You MUST wear a face covering or mask:
-On public transportation
-In for-hire vehicles
If you are a bus/train operator or a driver of a for-hire vehicle, you must also wear a face covering or mask.
These rules go into effect on Friday at 8PM.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 16, 2020
“Stopping the spread is everything,” Cuomo said at briefing. “How can you not wear a mask when you’re going to come close to a person?”
At the same time, New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio called for grocery stores in the city to insist that customers wear masks while shopping.
“I’m asking every store to put up a sign that you’re required to wear a face covering. This is another one of the things we have to do to protect each other,” the mayor said at the time.
New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with over 360,000 confirmed cases and 23,285 deaths to date — New York City has had 197,000 cases, with 16,149 deaths.
The online reactions to the story shows more people praising the mob for its actions than those standing up for the woman, who feels she has the right to decide whether or not she will wear a mask.
Here’s a sampling from Twitter capturing all sides to the story:
Should people engage in this type of social pressure to enforce mask wearing or social distancing as a community?
— McAuley (@McauleyHolmes) May 25, 2020
New Yorkers are such kind, caring people.
— CliveEndiveOgiveIV (@ClivetheClubGuy) May 25, 2020
We are headed towards Nazi, Germany! I just went shopping at pavilions without a mask. I’m over this BS!
— Shiva Bagheri (@shivasdancefit) May 25, 2020
You spelled losers wrong.
— Jason Wilson (@jaysrealdeal) May 25, 2020
Cool. Finally. Cuz at this point, a maskless person in an indoor place is like a shooter pointing his gun at me.
— 🌊My safety over your “freedom”🌊 (@Tm65560550) May 25, 2020
Wow. So bullying is the right answer?! Maybe the store should not allow people to go in?! Maybe should of asked if she has or mask or needed one, but calling someone a pig?? Love the guy screaming at her pulls his mask down to do it!!
— Roshelle Hunt (@rhunt2929) May 25, 2020
This looks like the ShopRite that is in the southern part of Staten Island. I love that my fellow Staten Islanders don’t hold back! My sister recently got grief for wearing a mask in Wyoming (an isolated incident, just one big jerk). She has had cancer and has COPD.
— sicglassmama (@sicglassmama) May 25, 2020
She never should have been allowed in.
That’s on the grocery store.
— thousandwatts™ (@hwatt) May 25, 2020
👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼good for them!!!
— Karidunn (@Karidunn17) May 25, 2020
sometimes, New Yorkers make me proud af
— Cancel Rent Now (@TheBillyProcida) May 25, 2020
Same for me. I am in GA.
— IngridProgess99vs1 (@Progress99vs1) May 25, 2020
Public shaming is often pretty effective. We need to practice it more.
— Laura Miers (@LauraMiers) May 25, 2020