'Hero' Costco worker hailed after showdown over mask policy

'Hero' Costco worker hailed after showdown over mask policy

'Hero' Costco worker hailed after showdown over mask policy

A video posted to Twitter on Monday shows part of the confrontation in which the customer, who recorded the interaction, told the employee he'll "put (him) on his 3,000-follower Instagram feed, mostly locals".

The video was shared on Twitter by a user purporting to be a Costco employee in Las Vegas last week, who said it had occurred at a branch in Colorado.

The incident took place after Costco implemented a new policy that requires all employees and customers to wear facemasks in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

"So either wear the mask", the employee starts to say before the customer briefly turns the camera on himself and says: "And I'm not doing it".

A Costco manager took a customer's cart away and kicked him out of the store after the patron refused to wear a mask amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"Have a great day", the employee says. "You are no longer welcome here in our warehouse", the worker responds.

If you don't wear a mask while shopping, Tison from Costco will ask you to leave. Tison took his crap and calmly walked away. "There he goes. Because I'm not a f*cking sheep".

"Yes. It's a free country".

Costco has been contacted for additional comment. "The customer does NOT have the right to ignore the rules", one Twitter user wrote in response to the video. We appreciate you. @Costco give this man a raise! "So either wear the mask ...", the masked worker, whose badge identified him as Tison, said to the camera in the 36-second clip, which has received millions of views on Twitter. He added, "I was one of the only people in that store not wearing a mask, which means you're protected from me and I'm protected from you". In short, we believe this is the right thing to do under the current circumstances.

"Although some may disagree with this policy or question its effectiveness, we're choosing to err on the side of safety in our shopping environments", Jelinek wrote.

'The use of a mask or face covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing, ' the statement read.

But as more scientific evidence has emerged - for example, that asymptomatic carriers of the virus can still infect others - masks have increasingly been seen as a proactive step in protecting others from your one's own droplets. Health officials initially said wearing masks was unnecessary, especially amid a shortage of protective materials.

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