A Costco manager expelled a customer from their shop after refusing to wear a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The client, who filmed his meeting with and posted the footage on Instagram, refused to fulfill the request because “he woke up in a free country”.
In the clip, the manager is seen walking away with the cart and calmly the customer to “have a nice day”.
But the customer gives his Costco card to a woman who came to the store with him and says, “I’m not a sheep.”
Do you have a history of coronavirus to share? Email email@example.com
Since May 4, Costco has issued a new policy that requires all customers and workers to wear a mask in its stores and service stations.
“The use of a mask or face cover should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing,” reads the statement.
“Please continue to observe the appropriate distance rules while you are at Costco’s premises.”
The rule was met with criticism from some buyers who took social media to slam the move.
“I will not respect your mask rule!”, Posted one person on Twitter.
Others have launched the move an “abuse of power”.
“You have reached a new minimum … you are an American company with an obligation to uphold our American values, dictating the mask for your workers is one thing, but forcing this on your loyal members who paid for a subscription is a complete abuse of power, “wrote one man.
Experts advise Americans to wear masks when venturing out of their homes in places where socially difficult to get away from.
So some Twitter users have supported the manager in the clip.
“Well on @Costco … they made the announcement weeks ago that each member will be required to wear a mask..this … – he went there just to provoke a scene! So everyone wears masks to protect him … but won’t you wear one to protect the others ??
“Enjoy your Rona Sir,” wrote a Twitter user.
So far, there have been over 1.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, which has been accused of over 92,000 deaths.