A video that has quickly gone viral shows a Costco store employee in Las Vegas taking a cart away from a customer that refused to wear a safety mask.
The video, posted to Twitter Monday, shows a store employee who was wearing a mask being filmed by a customer who refused to wear a mask inside the store. The store employee, who has the name tag Tison, was unfazed by the customer’s words and tells the man’s followers why he’s being thrown out.
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“Hi everyone,” Tison said. “I work for Costco and I’m asking this member to put on a mask because that is our company policy.”
When the customer is told to put on a mask, he turns the camera to him and says “And I’m not doing it. Because I woke up in a free country.”
The customer then turns the camera back to the employee who says “Have a great day” as he takes the cart and wheels it away. The customer asks the employee if he is going to take his cart full of toilet paper, detergent, and other items away.
“Sir, have a great day. You are no longer welcome here in our warehouse,” the worker responds. “You need to leave. Thank you very much.”
A spokeswoman for Costco declined to comment Wednesday. On May 4, Costco began requiring every employee and customer to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The video has more than 6.8 million views and the employee has been praised for his actions. Tison responded on Twitter thanking “People of Twitter thank you for all of the support, I was just trying to protect our employees and our members.”
The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 1.5 million Americans and killed more than 90,000. Additionally, the coronavirus has also sent more than 30 million Americans to the unemployment line and is killing African Americans and Hispanics at higher rates.