Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Sam writes: Ran into the first time where we were asked to actually leave a store today – an independent consignment shop of all places – where we (my parents and I who all had today off from work to spend time together) were approached and asked if “we had masks and if we could put one on.” I turned around and asked why and the guy, who couldn’t have been more than a couple of years older than I, gave me the BS answer that there “is a mandate in Ohio and the county.” I told him that “a mandate wasn’t a law, and the state does not have the authority to require the public at large to wear a mask for any reason. Then he quickly switched his tune to “this is private property and we require all customers to wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask, since this is private property,” (he mentioned this twice), “I’m going to have to ask you to leave.”
He got us there – it is private property, and so we did comply with that – otherwise the AGWs would have been called on us, and we were not going to Face Diaper. On the way out, I told him and anyone who could hear that “you just lost our business” and “you guys have a very stupid policy.” After all, nowhere else have we or by myself been stopped and told to leave the premises of any store, shop or burger joint; everybody has the stupid signs – but they don’t mean anything to freethinking people. My father, in his sixties, was more unabashed and may have used an expletive in saying loudly “this is f****** retarded,” and “you’re all a bunch of sheep!,” as we exited the store. We could feel the eyes on our backs as we walked out. Needless to say: Won’t be shopping there, probably ever again. As if they give a Baaaaa!
My reply: I had a similar encounter at Plato’s Closet – a cheap/second-hand clothes place I used to frequent but never will again. I wish, in retrospect, that I had had the presence of mind not to simply refuse the Diaper Injunction – presented by a store clerk – but rather asked to see the manager and asked whether he understood that it is illegal for a business to deny service to people based on medical conditions/handicaps. Then wait and say nothing, to see what the manager says. Ideally, recording the interaction – visibly, to get the point across.
They use intimidation tactics against us – I see no reason not to use the same against them.
I plan to do this next time I am forced to deal with one of these maniacs.
PS: Have you noticed that the Diaper also looks like a Face Speedo? With the idiot wearer’s chin and mouth serving as the jutting-forward ball sack?
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