Shouting “I feel threatened,” “backing off,” and worse, the man swerved threateningly toward an employee who came to the aid of an elderly woman who had asked her about her lack of face coverings. .
The Fort Myers Costco incident occurred on June 26 and involved a man later identified by several news organizations like Daniel Maples, an insurance agent for Ted Todd Insurance.
Billy Corben, a Miami filmmaker who released the video, said that one of the customers who caught Maples’ anger credited Costco for escorting Maples out of the store and making sure he was gone before helping the elderly customer to get into his car.
The insurance company quickly posted its own tweet, repudiating the behavior shown in the video and saying that the “former employee” had been dismissed.
In another article, Charley Todd, CEO of the insurance company, wrote that “threatening behavior and bullying go against our primary mission of being trusted advisers in our community. We also undertake to immediately review our existing internal culture. “
all of its employees and member clients wear face covers.
“We know them [Costco] members may find this bothersome or objectionable, but in the circumstances, we believe the added security is worth the inconvenience. It is not just a matter of personal choice; a face cover protects not only the wearer, but also others, ”said Costco President and CEO Craig Jelinek in a statement to warehouse members at the time.
Costco declined to comment on the incident on Wednesday, one of a series of public confrontations over the wearing of masks as the United States arguesmore than 131,000 Americans, including more than 3,800 in Florida, according to the latest data from the John Hopkins University School of Medicine.