A video of former child star Ricky Schroder confronting a Costco manager has taken the country by storm, in part because of the growing frustration over heavy-handed officials.
In the footage that Schroder shared on Instagram, he voiced his frustration over the members-only retailer still requiring masks in California despite the announcement Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear masks in most indoor and outdoor situations.
Schroder, who is not wearing a mask in the video, is speaking with a Costco supervisor wearing a name tag that identifies him as “Jason,” asking why he is not being let into the store.
“Because in the state of California and in the county of Los Angeles, and Costco, there has been no change to our mask policy,” the employee said
“There has been. Didn’t you see the news?” Schroder replied. “Nationwide Costco said you don’t need to wear masks.”
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Costco announced Friday that it was lifting its policy requiring masks inside stores, but said areas with state or local mask mandates may still require them. And while some states dropped those mandates after the new CDC guidance, others, like Democrat-run California and New York, kept the requirement in place.
The result is a convoluted and confusing environment that some businesses contribute to by not pushing back in states that have suddenly decided to ignore the CDC — which was the very entity they previously fell back on to require masks.
California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week he may lift the statewide mask mandate around mid-June, and “Jason” explained this to Schroder.
“Oh, if they allow us? If they grant us that, our kings?” Schroder said. “The people in power. You’re going to listen to these people? They destroyed our economy. They’re destroying our culture. They’re destroying our state. And you’re just going to listen to their rules?”
While it’s not the manager’s place to make such a call, Schroder called on viewers to “give up” their Costco membership.
“I suggest everybody in California get their refund from Costco,” Schroder said. “Give up your membership from Costco until they remove this.”
“Costco is simply abiding by the law and that’s the law,” the employee responded.
Actor Scott Baio weighed in to defend Schroder, insisting in ALL CAPS, “It is not the law. It is a mandate from the dictators!”
The Costco manager/employee said "it's a law to wear the mask" IT IS NOT A LAW. IT IS A MANDATE FROM THE DICTATORS! https://t.co/3asIJYlfY4
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) May 16, 2021
This being a reference to a wave of executive fiats resulting from the pandemic, where local and state officials dictate acceptable public behavior, as opposed to an ordinance passed by a municipality or written law passed by a state legislature.
Perusing the responses to the story, there’s no mistaking how political the pandemic has become in America — it’s even a reasonable argument to suggest that COVID-19 may have decided the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
In the eyes of the left, Schroder’s biggest sin may be that he donated $150,000 to help bail out Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with killing two protesters while being attacked in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
As for Baio, an outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump, he has long been a target of the left.
Which is not to say that the actor’s above educating poorly informed liberals.
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) May 16, 2021
Some accused him of not understanding what a private company is, while others claimed he said Costco was government-owned.
“I never said that,” he tweeted. “A public company has shareholders and a board of directors. Where did I say it was a government owned company?”
As for the meltdown over Schroder’s actions, here’s an example from the “angry race lady” over at MSNBC, who attacked conservative Americans as a whole:
Nothing like a privileged former child star being a jerk and harassing hard-working hourly employees at a retail store and putting it on tape to try to get himself attention. This far-right faction in American life is just exhausting. They’re mad about masks and mad at democracy. https://t.co/QwSYxjzDCk
— Joy-Ann 😷Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 16, 2021
But that’s just the appetizer for the liberal spewing that ensued… behold:
Thanks Ricky Schroder.
Seeing how horrible you became as an adult I’ll never be able to cry at the end of “The Champ” again.pic.twitter.com/mW5tQrfjxA
— Chris Hahn (@ChristopherHahn) May 16, 2021
Ironically, if this very patient Costco staffer decided to bring a gun across state lines to shoot ppl at a Black Lives Matter protest, Rick Schroeder would help w/his bail. https://t.co/PDF1bmolAp
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) May 16, 2021
Props to this highly professional Costco manger who politely stands up for the law & the health of other shoppers & employees by refusing to let Rick Shroeder bully him into allowing him entry without a mask. Rick – a pandemic doesnt belong to one political party- 600k died! https://t.co/0MMwLgJlUb
— Bonnie Fuller (@BonnieFuller) May 16, 2021
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