An employee at Costco took away a customer’s shopping cart and asked him to leave because he refused to wear a mask in the store, which is company policy:
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The employee confronted the man and asked him to put on a mask. When the customer boasted he was going to put the exchange on Instagram for this 3,000 followers, the Costco employee, named Tison, responded by looking into the camera and saying “Hi everyone. I work for Costco and I’m asking this member to put on a mask because that is our company policy.”
The customer refused, saying “And I’m not doing it, because I woke up in a free country.”
Tison then proceeds to take the man’s cart away and asks him to leave, telling him he’s not welcome at Costco anymore.
According to Fox News, Costco did not comment on the video. But their store police does require that people wear masks:
Costco, meanwhile, has been clear about its face-covering requirements for shoppers and employees since shortly before the rule went into effect on May 4.
“We know some members may find this inconvenient or objectionable, but under the circumstances we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience,” wrote Craig Jelinek, president and CEO of Costco, in an open letter to its members just prior to May 4. “This is not simply a matter of personal choice; a face covering protects not just the wearer, but others too.”
The Costco employee has been praised on social media for enforcing company policy, while others question why the customer felt his rights to not wear a mask extended to ‘private property’.