A Colorado woman called liquor store employees “Nazis” after they made her leave for not wearing a face mask.
The woman without a mask, Ruby Musso, filmed the incident and posted it. The video has since gone viral on Facebook and Twitter over the last couple of days.
“Nope, I’m not leaving. I’m not going to let you harass me like this. It’s not a law,” Musso said. “Sorry, you’re not going to treat me like this and get away with it.”
Musso told local Fox News station KDVR that she went with her mother to buy beer and did not wear a mask because she suffers from “a medical condition that causes her extreme panic and anxiety when she wears a mask.”
In the video, several customers can be heard pleading with her to leave the store or to put on a mask. Another customer can be seen quickly approaching Musso with a cart. (Throughout the rest of the video, Musso accused the woman of attacking her with the cart, but employees deny in the video that the woman hit Musso with the cart.) Meanwhile, at least one other customer can be seen flipping her off.
That’s when employees got involved. They asked Musso to leave the store because she wasn’t wearing a mask.
Musso refused to leave saying that the store illegally denied her service for not wearing a face mask and insisted they called the police. The store employees responded that they could deny service because it is a private business.
It’s worth noting that the Colorado governor had announced beforehand that companies do have a right to deny service to people with masks. In addition, the state health department actually encourages businesses to do so, according to KDVR.
As she’s walking toward the exit, Musso can be heard calling the employees “Nazis” several times and threatening them with viral backlash with the video.
Since the release of the video, the liquor store said they’ve received threatening phone calls and messages with people calling them “Nazis.”
“It’s not my place to determine what is and is not a health risk. I have to obey the rules and the laws. For me, it’s an issue of an out of control customer creating a scene in my store,” the store owner Rufus Nagel told KDVR.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people over the age of 2 wear a cloth mask in public places to help control the spread of the coronavirus.
The disease is spread through respiratory droplets that people can be exposed to when in close proximity with someone who speaks, coughs, or sneezes.
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