A video went viral on Monday showing masked shoppers in a Staten Island, New York grocery store losing their mines at another shopper who dared to shop without a mask.
The mob of masked shoppers screamed obscenities at the woman and chased her from the store.
The video has received almost 3 million views already. Warning for language.
— McAuley (@McAuleyATL) May 25, 2020
McAuley Holmes who found the video on reddit said he believed the people who were yelling were not connected to the store.
From Daily Wire:
“From what I can see in the video it seems there aren’t employees of the store involved in removing the shopper,” Holmes told Heavy. “Obviously private businesses have the right to refuse service to non-mask wearers, but a group of shoppers is different. Masks are important in stopping the spread and wearing one is a sign of respect to others. It’s understandable that people would be so serious about community enforcement in a place like Staten Island that has been hit so hard by COVID.”
Immediately you could see on social media, folks on the left cheering this, even accusing the unmasked woman of being a “Trumpster” although it’s hard to know since Staten Island is the only real “red” borough in New York City.
But what’s silly here is whatever the politics, this is scary fearful mob mentality. First of all, you have all these people clustered together thinking their masks provide them protection, yet they’re worried about a woman without a mask despite their masks. Then one of the men yelling at her has his mask off to yell at her. If anything, all the yelling and screaming is more likely to spread virus than simply ignoring the woman or not going near her. Moreover they think that their right to dictate to her justifies chasing her out of the store with obscenities. It makes it much easier to see how cults or socialists dictatorships can work if and when they manipulate such fear and people lose their humanity.
This is dangerous and scary mob mentality that is gripping our nation. https://t.co/eNQvKRmdbE
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) May 25, 2020
But many cheered this behavior, not understanding anything about masks, transmission or who is most at risk and why.
Real Americans wear masks. https://t.co/UL0ZlZPzkB
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 25, 2020
I can't wait till we do this to ALL conservatives, except instead of grocery stores we are chasing them out of society https://t.co/2OyOme778q
— Mr Dyspeptic #24601 (@katzenbrau) May 25, 2020
Exactly, which is why the mob mentality is so dangerous.