2020-06-23 02:51:44 UTC
A mask-less and desperate Florida man tried to fight his way into a Walmart
Saturday, the first day that face coverings became mandatory in his county.
In video captured by a bystander, the man blew past the guy monitoring the
entrance and activated the sliding doors. The employee blocked the would-be
customer as a voice from behind the camera said, Youve gotta wear a mask,
The man body-checked the employee, who held his hands up so as to disengage as
he stepped back. Losing his balance, the man tumbled to the floor.
He popped up immediately and barreled past a few other employees, ignoring a
fellow shoppers mask offer, as workers trailed behind, pleading and ordering
him to don a face covering.
Hes just doing his job, bro, just get a mask! the guy behind the camera said,
convulsed with laughter.
The man then made it partway down an aisle, but the workers didnt quit. By this
time some of their own masks had slipped, between scuffling and trying to reason
with the man.
In a second clip, the refrain, Hes just doing his job, man, resurfaced as the
employees continued to try and keep the mask-free man, who someone said was
spitting all over the place, in check.
Come on, man, one employee said. Look what you did to me.
The man turned to them, snarling, I havent done st to you! You leave me
alone! and walked away.
Masks became mandatory in Orange County on Saturday, ordered by Mayor Jerry
Demings in response to rising case numbers, reported WDBO radio last week.
Epidemiologists and other public health experts have been connecting the dots on
mask-wearing for quite some time, after initial uncertainty about whether it
would curb infections.
But it is clear that the pandemic is being driven at least in part by people who
dont know they have it and who inadvertently infect others, whether they go on
to develop symptoms or not. Wearing masks can cut down drastically on those
infections, studies suggest.
Floridians on Monday learned that their state had passed the 100,000 mark on
number of infections, with 2,926 new cases reported, bringing the total to
100,217. It was the seventh state to pass that benchmark. At least 3,173 Florida
residents have died of COVID-19.
The Walmart video ended before the mask-less mans fate was revealed. If
identified, he may not be subject to any action.
We want voluntary compliance with this, Demings told WDBO.