Fabricland has a mandatory mask policy, which is similar to the City of Calgary’s bylaw to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the video, a blonde-haired woman wearing rose-colored glasses is seen talking to an employee who is out of the frame, saying she is “sick and tired of your sickening period. “
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The employee is heard saying that she doesn’t want to wear a mask either, and the rampaging woman argues with her before calling her a “sheep, like the others.”
The woman then turns to the person filming the interaction, walks up to her and asks: “Are you afraid?”
“You should run away. But you have your super mask, ”she said.
The person filming tells the woman that she gets very close and that she is trying to protect her by wearing a mask and keeping her distance.
“Oh, I don’t need to protect you,” said the blonde haired woman.
Health officials have urged people to wear non-medical masks in situations where maintaining a physical distance of two meters from others is not possible, in order to protect others, not themselves.
Global News attempted to identify the woman in the video and solicit comment, but had not received a response at the time of publication.
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As the blonde haired woman faces the filmmaker again, a manager from Fabricland walks up and asks her to leave. The woman then proceeds to argue with her.
“If I ever come back here, and this thing turns out to be a hoax, I want an apology from everyone [one] of you, ”she said, heading for the door.
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A voice from outside the video frame then comes in saying, “Wait until someone you know gets sick and then you will see how much of a hoax this is.” ”
“No one is sick, sweetheart,” the blonde haired woman says as the manager repeatedly asks her to leave.
As of Tuesday, there were 1,491 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. A total of 254 Albertans have died from the virus.
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According to store manager Maddie Lemeistre, the woman in the video pushed her way past the store’s front doors, although the assistant manager tries to draw her attention to not wearing a mask.
“It’s a bit difficult to manage. We are trying to protect everyone, ”Lemeistre said. “She just didn’t want to listen, that’s the hard part. Like, there was no reasoning with it.
Lemeistre said the woman had given no indication that she had a health problem that would exempt her from the mask regulation.
The manager said there were face-to-face face offs almost daily in the store, but they never escalated like the situation on Sunday.
“We want to protect our employees, we want to be able to stay open, we want to serve our community,” said Paivi Kanary, a Fabricland buyer for Western Canada.
“It’s the simple request for everyone’s safety to be safe: wear a mask while you are here.”
Kanary said Fabricland was happy to make accommodations for people who can’t wear a mask or who are reluctant to come to the store during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as offering curbside pickup options, allowing customers to wear face shields or work with clients to meet their needs.
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In an emailed statement, the city of Calgary – which voted on Monday to extend its mandatory mask regulation – said the Fabricland incident was not reported to 311 on Tuesday afternoon.
“We would like to remind the public that if anyone witnesses this type of incident or is the subject of such actions, please report it to 311 so that the City of Calgary can investigate,” the city said.
He also recommended that people contact the police if a confrontation escalates.
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The city said under the regulation, companies can refuse service to people who do not wear masks, but are not required to do so.
“Unless a Calgarian is granted an exemption under the regulations, we ask Calgarians to respect the businesses, their staff and other customers who are doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19 because it is the kindness Calgarians are known for, ”the town told me.
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