If you don’t wear a mask while shopping, Tison from Costco will ask you to leave.
That was the case for one customer in in Arvada, Colorado, when a Costco employee with a badge name “Tison” asked the man who refused to wear a face covering to leave the establishment.
The confrontation, which Twitter user @OnlyInLVNV posted online on Monday, went viral on Wednesday.
“I’ll just put you on my 3,000-follower Instagram feed, mostly loved ones,” the customer says to the Costco employee as he starts recording the interaction.
To which Tison replies, “Hi, everyone. I work for Costco and I’m asking this member to put on a mask ’cause that is our company policy.”
Last month, Costco announced that, beginning May 4, it would return to regular hours and customers and employees alike would be required to wear face-coverings or masks. At the time of the announcement, some on social media voiced their opposition to wearing masks while shopping.
Nevertheless, as BuzzFeed News reported, safety guidelines from Costco have been loosened since May 1.
The customer retorted that he’s not putting on a mask “because I woke up in a free country.”
Tison, the Costco employee, proceeded to take the customer’s cart away, politely wished him a great day several times and informed him that he is “not welcome here in our warehouse” and that he needed to leave.
The customer then offered up insults to the Costco employee as he walked away and culminated the video saying, “there he goes, ’cause I’m not a (expletive) sheep.”
The Centers for Disease Control has recommended “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”
After some social media backlash, the customer posted another video saying, “I’ve got every (expletive) right to not wear a mask anywhere because this isn’t about the mask – this is about control.” He added, “I was one of the only people in that store not wearing a mask, which means you’re protected from me and I’m protected from you.”
This perspective doesn’t align with what the CDC has said.
In its recommendation, the agency notes: “We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (‘asymptomatic’) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (‘pre-symptomatic’) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity.”
Though the CDC’s guidelines refer to wearing a cloth face covering as a “voluntary public health measure,” Costco has adopted face coverings as mandatory for entrance to the store.
Costco said that management had no comment at this time when USA TODAY reached out.
In a previous statement, the wholesale retailer said: “We know some members may find this inconvenient or objectionable, but under the circumstances we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience. This is not simply a matter of personal choice; a face covering protects not just the wearer, but others too.”
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