Not All Face Masks Matter: Shopper Screamed at For Wearing MAGA Mask [Watch]

screenshot, @JeremiahCota

 

Incidents like this seem to be happening more and more often.

On Thursday, Jeremiah Cota and his family were enjoying a stroll through an Arizona mall when – without warning – he says a woman inside a Bath & Body Works location they were passing began shouting profanity at him. And the incident was so disturbing, he felt compelled to share the cellphone video he recorded. Because when he approached the woman, she identified herself as the store manager.

Cota, who’s a supporter of President Trump, explained what happened in a tweet Thursday night:

“I was accosted by @bathbodyworks manager simply for wearing a Trump face mask. She yelled at me “F—- Donald Trump” while I was simply walking by the store. I went to ask if I misheard her and she said no. Poor customer service at @bathbodyworks”

About an hour after his post, which was deluged with hundreds of outraged comments, the company’s p.r. department managed to chime in.

Bath & Body Works:

“We’d like the opportunity to speak with you about your experience, Jeremiah. Please DM us your phone number and best time to contact you. Thank you!”

And Cota’s reply helps shed more light on the “embarrassing and harassing experience” he was subjected to.

Hi, @bathbodyworks, this was the store at Scottsdale Fashion Square mall. I was walking by the store with my family when the manager yelled an unprovoked expletive at me for my #MAGA face mask. This was an embarrassing and harassing experience for me coming from your management.”

I’m going to guess the customer care reps’ fingers eventually cramped up, after having to type this canned reply, over and over, to the masses of negative commenters. Here’s just one example:

Whatever your opinion of Pres. Trump or his supporters’ political stands, there’s absolutely no excuse for this kind of behavior. Especially when someone’s at work. Ask yourself: when you’re on the clock at your workplace, can you just blurt out expletives at a customer’s or a co-worker’s clothing? What if that customer or co-worker happened to be wearing a mask that read “Black Lives Matter,” instead of “Make America Great Again”? I have a sneaking suspicion that, if the shoe were on the other foot, commentators on the Left would take issue with that, and – at minimum – call you racist.

Ironically, the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall was one of the Phoenix locations looted and vandalized in late May by “protesters” in the wake of George Floyd’s death, as NBC News reported. Most people, if they heard anything about the situation, mainly remember that a famous YouTuber was one of those arrested for trespassing inside the property:

NBC News:

YouTube star Jake Paul was charged with trespassing after he allegedly entered an Arizona mall after it was looted last month, police said Thursday.

Paul, 23, was filming looting of the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall on May 30, according to video and a Scottsdale Police Department press release.

In footage of the looting, Paul is seen watching as rioters break into the mall. Paul later appears in footage that appears to show him inside the mall and filming inside of it after it had closed, according to video and the press release. It was unclear if Paul took anything from the mall.

There’s still been nary a peep from most on the Left about the rioters not wearing masks. Guess not all face masks matter, huh?

Update [7:09 p.m. EDT, 7/10/20]: According to an update on the Bath & Body Works Twitter account, “the associate in the video is no longer employed by the company.” The full text of the tweet reads:

“We absolutely do not condone these actions as all customers should be treated with respect. The associate in the video is no longer employed by the company.”

Becca Lower
Becca Lower is a writer with RedState and formerly worked at IJR.com as a writer and editor. She grew up outside Cincinnati, OH, in former Speaker John Boehner's district, and currently lives in Mesa, AZ.

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