(TMU) – In an embarrassing scene that perfectly encapsulates the mass hysteria the United States has been plunged in, an anti-mask woman was captured on video Tuesday engaging in a religious rant while grocery shopping.
In a cringe-inducing video shared to Twitter, a woman can be seen invoking Jesus Christ’s name, calling fellow shoppers “demons,” and accosting people in a Fred Meyer store in Longview, Washinton.
The Pacific Northwestern grocery chain recently adopted a policy requiring customers to wear protective face coverings or masks at all locations.
“Religious anti-masker with a terrible hair stylist won’t let anyone in the aisle until she can pick out what she wants,” wrote Twitter user @davenewworld_2. The video has been retweeted almost 2,000 times.
Religious anti-masker with a terrible hair stylist won’t let anyone in the aisle until she can pick out what she wants pic.twitter.com/LuXG09E7Gu
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) July 21, 2020
In the video, the clearly mentally disturbed woman can be heard calling upon Jesus to aid her in her quest to drive people from the aisle.
“I said get off this aisle,” the woman screams. “I command you in Jesus Christ’s name to get off this aisle!”
In the meantime, employees wearing masks can be seen trying to calm the woman down and talk some sense into her, but the unreasonable shopper only grows more excited and shouts for them to “Back off!”
“You need to leave, in Jesus Christ’s mighty name,” the unidentified woman continues.
As the disturbance continued, the woman gets in the face of another shopper and barks at her: “Get off this aisle! You are a demon. Get off this aisle and buy something!”
As the shocking scene continues to unfold, the woman warns other shoppers to stay away so she can resume shopping.
“That’s right,” she said. “Until I buy something, then I will happily leave!”
“I refuse you all and cast you into the lake of fire in Jesus Christ’s mighty name!”
“Have respect for Jesus Christ’s saints,” she continues, ordering an employee to stay out of the aisle until she can finish picking her items.
At one point, the person behind the camera questions the woman about whether she really believes this is the way to convey whatever her message might be.
“What is wrong with people? She doesn’t want anyone to go down that aisle until she can get what she wants and leave the aisle,” the person says. “So she’s rebuking everyone that enters the aisle.”
In a separate video posted to Twitter of what appears to be a continuation of the same disturbance, the woman can be seen being held down on the floor by a man.
“It didn’t end well for this Karen though,” the user wrote.
The name “Karen” has been adopted by social media users as a negative nickname for middle-aged white women who demand to speak to a store manager or throw unreasonable tantrums in reaction to minor slights.
It didn't end well for this Karen though pic.twitter.com/AeBGP69T22
— TeraLee (@TeraLee67964018) July 22, 2020
“My goodness … She can say whatever she wants, but she was getting in elderly ladies’ faces and stuff, and that’s not cool,” somebody explains in the video.
“They were on the aisle, and she was screaming in their faces and chasing them off.”
The incident drew a range of bemused responses from Twitter users. One user who claimed to be a first grade teacher wrote:
“This is exactly what 6 year olds with a lack of executive functioning skills do when they can’t control their environment. They have a melt down. A tantrum.
Another user admonished the hazards faced by grocery workers in such situations, explaining:
“Our essential workers need to be given face shields in addition to face masks. “This maskless women screaming could be #Coronavirus asymptomatic and be spreading aerosols all over these people and food products! These workers should also be given time to go home and change!”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also issued official health guidance urging U.S. residents to always wear a cloth face mask in public in lieu of or in addition to physical distancing measures meant to mitigate the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the advice – and numerous studies showing how face coverings are a simple way to help prevent person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 – many have angrily and sometimes violently resisted the use of masks and attacked those reminding them that the masks are mandatory in some private businesses.
In another incident on July 18 at a Fred Meyer in Tumwater, Washngton, a man pulled a gun on another customer after he was asked to wear a face mask. After the man refused, he dismissed the idea that the coronavirus was real, describing it as a hoax, reports KING 5.
After the man was confronted by police and asked to hand over his firearm for the safety of store shoppers, he refused and was wrestled to the ground and placed under arrest.