I witnessed a disrespectful person at a grocery store in the Bow Valley last week. A woman working at the store, who was around my mom’s age, asked him to put a mask on. The man laughed and said, “Whatever, old lady.” She said, “I’m serious, it’s a bylaw, please put it on or leave.” To which he responded, “You put on my mask, old lady.”
As a number of people walked towards the situation, he dropped his groceries and escorted himself out. Yes, he had a mask in his hand, but wouldn’t put it on. You could see in the women’s eyes that she was sick and tired of having to communicate health-bylaws to people.
Also last week, I saw a couple walk into a secondhand gear store without masks. After being asked to put them on by an employee, the man said they had asthma and quoted some sort of constitutional law. Bystanders moved in and repeated the worker’s claims that it’s a bylaw. The two walked out, and said, “Bad publicity coming your way.”
Both of the “resistors” were men in their 20s, but I’m not pointing fingers, I know that being a douchebag isn’t reserved for testosterone-driven bros. I’ve seen men and women of all ages practice the timeless art of douche-baggery when they’re asked to put a mask on.
It’s pretty simple: wear a mask.