1. Miriam R Righter on July 11, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    My local grocery store, two blocks away, serving our community in Iowa of less than 2000 people, has decided this week not to require their employees to wear masks. Want to know the reason they gave? Because customers are complaining about the employees wearing masks! I absolutely cannot believe the idiocy of the customers who complain, but also of the owner who decided this. They have lost my business permanently. I will drive 7 miles to the next small town to shop, where they require their employees to wear masks to protect my health. And I will wear the mask to protect their employees health. This has gotten so ridiculous that wearing a mask or not is a sign of your political allegiance, or even masculinity. To me it is solely a sign of your respect and consideration for other people. If you aren’t wearing a mask you have none. I also wonder a bit about the IQ of the person not wearing a mask, too.

    • Ross on July 11, 2020 at 8:38 pm

      Agreed, Miriam!

      It is though more than a sign of respect and consideration for other people.

      It is a vital health consideration. Masks can protect you. And help protect others.

      And today, for the first time, Trump wore one. It’s about time.

      In my locally-owned grocery store, all the employees wear masks. A month ago, most of the customers were, too. Now, I would say that less than half are. So, I asked a woman working the register if that scared her. Her simple, yet horrifying, reply: “Yes”.

      The fear in her eyes was obvious. My heart went out to her, and to all “front line” employees who are putting themselves in danger to help the rest of us. The least we can all do is wear a friggin’ mask.

      BIG hug!

  2. Leigh on July 11, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    It is uncomfortable wearing a face mask.
    However, it is more uncomfortable being ill. If only more people actually see videos of patients who are in the Intensive Care Units with very poor prognosis, and realize that it can happen to them too, perhaps that will improve people’s compliance in wearing a mask.

    • Ross on July 11, 2020 at 11:48 pm

      Agreed, Leigh.

      There’s a Florida County Commissioner, Paul Waldron, who voted against wearing masks.

      He’s now tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently in ICU with the “most critical of conditions” including septic shock and multi-organ failure.

      • Leigh on July 12, 2020 at 3:32 pm

        May people learn from this.

  3. Beth H. on July 11, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Someone posted this on Facebook the other day, and I love it. There was also another one, with (I think) an ice cream shop where the teenage girls scooping ice cream were getting yelled and cursed at about their masks. The owner had to ban a lot of customers, and he also took to Facebook to post something about it.

    My 17 year old is about to start back (a few hours per week) at her McDonald’s job, and I’m nervous as hell about it… both because I’m afraid of what she may pick up in an innocent interaction with a customer (though masks ARE required here in NY), and if she may run into idiots like these. We had her take a leave of absence in March, and she’s been begging to go back to work since… and we figure right now is probably the lull in the middle of the storm. The minute we start to see numbers go back up here (and how can we not, given what’s going on in the rest of the country?) she’s ‘outta there’ again.

    • Jonathan W on July 12, 2020 at 3:07 am

      Hi Beth. I’m a mgr at a Mexican chain in UT, it’s been crazy. My store requires masks and the company has a ton of resources and safety guards in place for workers, but the state does not require masks or anything in terms of safety. I don’t know what McDonald’s or NY offers in terms of health/general safety for your daughter. The best I can say is keep social distancing, constantly clean all surfaces, always wear the mask, and if the company fails to protect her, look for others which offer better protections and benefits. My company offers a full 2 week pay if their workers get covid. Stay safe out there. X

      • Beth H. on July 12, 2020 at 3:31 pm

        Thank, you, Jonathan – and you stay safe, too!

        We actually scheduled an appointment to go in and see the manager at my daughter’s McDonald’s to talk about the precautions they’re using. They are taking temps of all employees as they come in, everyone MUST wear a mask behind the counter, and in the ordering area, hourly hand-washing, social distance in the dining area and tables sanitized between customers, and frequent cleaning of all customer contact areas (bathrooms, etc.). Even so, I was concerned that they now have ‘table delivery’ in this store (ordeirng at the kiosks and they bring the food out… and the customers will likely have their masks off at the table. I told the manager I was not comfortable with that, and he offered to have her NOT do any table delivery. I then said she could go back to work. Both my husband and I are older than the average high schooler’s set of parents (60 and 63), and my husband has a lung problem that would put him at higher risk for a bad outcome…. but I’m feeling like we have to let her go back to work at this point. Her life has definitely been more constricted than her friends’ lives have been (younger parents who are taking this way less seriously)… and I’m throwing her this bone because we may not let her go back to the school building if it opens. I think there’s way more risk there. She’s a rising senior, and it’s going to be both heartbreaking – and the fight of the century.

  4. Seth Hoffman on July 12, 2020 at 12:03 am

    Well said.

    The same goes for people complaining about recent boycotts. If we believe people and businesses have freedom to make these decisions, people need to accept when they don’t follow their own personal opinions. Otherwise your not arguing for freedom, just that your own preferences be enforced. Masks are no more a constitutional infringement than pants are.

  5. Jonathan W on July 12, 2020 at 2:59 am

    Ross, you and most if not all those on this post/comment section don’t even know how BAD it is out there. I work at a restaurant chain which “leads the industry in food and health safety” we were required to ask for illness/symptoms years before covid! Once covid happened within 1 month we were asking about covid symptoms and excluding workers for 2 weeks or more for just ONE of them. We closed our doors a week before the state required it. We opened out doors a week after the state allowed it. We now require masks for all customers even though the state barely even recommends it. Let. Me. Tell. You.

    People are angry. People are stuck up. People are blind. People are selfish.

    With the current job loss rate you’d be surprised how many people DONT want to work. We’re running short an upwards of 3-4 people a shift so the mgr has to run a station and run to tell people to wear masks because SOMEHOW they don’t see the signs or they don’t listen.

    I’ve had grown men 20’s to 60’s act like fussy children or babies because I’ve asked them to wear masks. I’ve had grown women throw a fit saying their doctor said they don’t need to wear a mask, then downgrade their excuse to it gives them anxiety, then result to wearing a mask, then swearing at me the whole time before I tell them to leave. I’ve had whole polygamist families throw a fit. I had a polygamist mother/head wife have a complete mental breakdown. When I told them to leave the father/husband simply said “Ok” and they walked out like they didn’t just nearly give me a reason to wish death upon myself. I’ve had multiple men assume my education, knowledge and political beliefs and tell me what they “know you know” about covid and how it’s bs and “you know you’ll be wearing that mask for 75 years”

    As if it wasn’t hard enough with the virus going around.

    • Leigh on July 15, 2020 at 2:42 am

      Jonathan W: the statement “…you and most if not all those on this post/comment section don’t even know how BAD it is out there” is incorrect because I actually know how bad it is. I see and take care of these clients because I am a nurse. Some of my colleagues got sick, some did not recover. Again, I definitely know how bad it is.

  6. tura wolfe on July 12, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    I am for wearing a mask for all the good reasons stated here. I am 75 years old, in a wheel chair, and just discovered last week to have cancer. Most members of my family wear mask, but a few do not. These family members have college educations. They are not stupid just refuse to be in formed. They are constantly engaged in their political views and their rights as an American. I so much would like to not hear all this foolish chatter in my house, Lord it is enough to hear on TV just before you click fast to change the station. People have lost their minds when it comes to anything that is their American right. The world has gone crazy. I have requested if they are going to continue to visit me that they wear a mask everywhere they go. I do worry they are still not wearing a mask in public. Who knows. I need these family members to take me to the doctor. I have done the guilt trip on them saying how will you feel if I turn up dead just sitting here all the time in my house. I think they are deaf. Anyway I did enjoy saying that, but now they will blame death on cancer. Here I am, still caught up in the long on going family political views that I remember starting when I was 5 years old, while today ignoring the real issue of health.

    I love the statement made here that wearing a mask is no more a constitutional infringement than wearing pants. Yea! I plan to use that one on my family. At least they are for clothes or I have not seen any of them yet show up for a visit nude!

    On that 17 year old daughter, just my opinion, I would have her quit that job. She can not be replaced. The job can be replaced at sometime in the future.

    I know all here will try to stay safe and well! God bless you all, especially Ross!

    • Beth H. on July 12, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      Tura, I’m the one with the 17 year old wanting to go back to work… and I agree with you 100%. I’d rather keep her home. The problem is that my husband and I are not on the same page, and I have to pick my battles here… because if school becomes a push/shove issue, I WILL stand my ground on that one. I’m hopeful that our intelligent Gov. Cuomo will keep our schools closed for the fall semester, but we don’t know yet. I will definitely take one for the team and be the “bad guy” on that one. There is absolutely no way a school with 3200 kids can open safely. I’ve been in that school during class changes, and the hallways are shoulder to shoulder.

      • tura wolfe on July 13, 2020 at 9:06 am

        Beth, I am with you 100%. No job and no school is best for this time. I have two sons today 45 and 43 years old. I was always the bad guy. It took time but the boys always did come around to my thinking even if it took many years to tell me, with no prompting, that they finally did agree with my decision. When this happened I was always shocked and so pleased. Once when the younger one needed to go to a private school for more attention than his brother was receiving at optional public school all three, husband and both sons, gave me hell daily for almost two years. It was a hard time. I took it holding firm that I had made the best decision. I worked and paid for that private school, books, and clothes. Then, at the end of his second year my son came to me smiling to say I had made the best decision for him and that he was happy in school there. So, hold your ground, you are her one and only Mom. You know what is best.

        I will be thinking of you.

  7. Doug on July 13, 2020 at 10:39 am

    I’ll admit, I was a late convert to masks. It felt weird being the only one wearing a mask. In our county the Commissioners overrode the Governors mask order. Less than half are wearing masks in local stores. Knowing that I feel more comfortable wearing a mask when others do, I now wear a mask everywhere. Not only for my and others safety, but to increase the comfort level for others who felt like i did and to encourage them to also wear a mask.

  8. Terri on July 13, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve worn a mask since March when I leave my car to shop, I put it on. Yesterday I was making a quick stop in a market and forgot my mask. I was asked to put on a mask or I could not come in. I liked that just because it’s a very small shop that didn’t mean they didn’t care about others health. It also showed they cared about their employees. If a mask helps us all stay healthy, why not wear one? Seth said this above and I’ve always thought the same- masks are no more unconstitutional than wearing pants. Stay healthy everyone!

    • Ross on July 13, 2020 at 12:25 pm


      We’re supposed to wear pants in public?

  9. Mike on July 14, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    A retired former coworker and staunch anti-masker died a few weeks ago from COVID, and his family is on social media now bragging on how he died for his beliefs. I believe that I would die if I were hit by a train, but standing on the tracks until one comes along won’t make me a martyr, only a damned fool.
    My daughter and her ex-husband are in conflict now over the fall school term; she is working from home and making preparations to home school again at least through Christmas break, while the children’s father is threatening to take her to court if she keeps them out of public school. She has primary custody so he hasn’t a leg a stand on, but he has the kids ( she is 9, he is 6 ) all torn up over it, warning them that they are going to lose all of their friends, that people will call them stupid, etc. I once stopped a roll-away farm truck from running over him… SMH

    • Leigh on July 15, 2020 at 2:54 am

      Mike: am sorry that your daughter and grandchildren are subjected to your ex-son-in-law’s beliefs. Perhaps you talk to the grandchildren and explain to them (pictures of actual patients in the Intensive Unit will make the point clearer if you so decide) why their mother chose to homeschool them. You can be the replacement father figure. If you are emotionally stable, it will help the grandchildren immensely. I laughed though, when it was mentioned that you rescued the former son-in-law from possible death.

      • Mike on July 15, 2020 at 7:55 am

        Thank you, Leigh; it isn’t really his “beliefs”; if she planned on them going to school, he would likely be arguing that she was risking their lives by sending them. Fortunately my daughter is an excellent mother, and their step-father is as solid as a rock, so they do have a stable family life other than every other weekend. My wife and I are very close to them, and spend a lot of time with them. They will be OK, even the 6 year old recognizes that his daddy has issues. Now, as for my stability…LOL

        • Leigh on July 15, 2020 at 8:48 am

          Hahaha we are special in our own way, Mike. Your grandchildren are aware at an early age that some adults can be… challenging. What these grandchildren learned/ will learn from this will serve them well in life.

  10. Linda A. on July 15, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Love the sign! I am a hair stylist at a salon and we have made it mandatory to wear a mask ( just one precaution among many other safety precautions we have implemented to protect EVERYONE in our salon) and no one has refused to wear a mask or complained. If they refuse, we will deny entry and service. It is OUR business and WE dictate the rules. We love our clients and wouldn’t want ANY of them to contract the virus – while also protecting ourselves and our families.

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