The Costco Mask Fiasco

After six months of donning a P100 respirator, chemistry googles and nitrile gloves in public, my boyfriend recently mused as to why–of all the verbal assault we had heard about–none had been directed at the most cautious person around. Yesterday afternoon, I received a text stating “It finally happened” and I knew exactly what it meant.

He was making a trip to Costco for printer ink, produce, and bulk everything when a middle-aged woman lifted her face from her phone and scowled with a look of disdain clearly evident due to her failure to adhere to Costco’s mask policy. Her face grew red as she huffed and puffed, “You Democrats are a bunch of f***ing pussies!!” My boyfriend smiled and walked away, pleased at the hilarity of her reaction and amused with the incongruity between her assumption and reality.

As a science-minded Libertarian, he is intimately familiar with both his constitutional rights and the mechanisms of viral infection, as opposed to having been swept up whatever narrative the mainstream media was spewing out that day. He wears personal protective equipment because it harms no one while minimize the chances of spreading infection to loved ones. As a Futurist, he is considering the long-term consequences of a widely-infection nation on the future of Medicare/Medicaid, taxation, and socialist agendas. This is a common sense issue, not a question of constitutional rights. The benefits of the short-term inconvenience outweigh the risks of perceived loss of freedom.

But instead, he was gifted this glimmering gem of ignorance:”You Democrats are a bunch of f***ing pussies!!” Ah, welcome to America, where public health is politicized because we apparently don’t disagree enough as is.

8 thoughts on “The Costco Mask Fiasco

  1. Excellent article. People who refuse to wear masks believe they are freedom fighters and patriots, but they are neither. Besides rejecting science they mistakenly think being an American means you can do whatever you want. Not true! I can prove it 2 words. TRAFFIC LAWS. Why do we have them? To keep people safe.

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    1. This is exactly the point my boyfriend makes in discussions with his anti-mask constitutionalist friends. We wear seat belts at yield at stop signs because research has shown that traffic laws reduce accidents, thereby reducing personal injury, property damage and interpersonal conflict. When the constitution was written, the country was a small community… the idea of overarching rules and regulations has not scaled well, but that does not negate our responsibility as citizens to do what’s right (according to science) and, like in medicine, to do no harm.

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  2. Politics has gotten out of hand and I’m tired of it. My family would be republican if we lived in the US. At this point I feel like I can’t even state my viewpoint or express an opinion because someone is going to take it out of context. Anyways, I digress…

    It’s policy to wear a mask when we leave the house (where I live). And it would be ignorant not to wear a mask at places like Costco. It’s not about science or whether someone is American or not. It’s called following the goddamn rules. There’s policies in place for a reason. If everyone ran around not following any policies or rules or law, then we would have total freedom. And with that comes great consequences.

    Oh, and Costco gives out free masks to customers so there’s really no excuse not to wear a mask. 😷

    **Rant Over**

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    1. Yes, I completely agree. It seems everyone has such a strong opinion but, when you start asking questions, they have no idea what the ideals or vision for their proclaimed party is. It’s become a huge “us versus them” thing, rather than a real, productive discussion where democracy rules. Everyone has a different source for their news, many of which directly conflict one another. It’s a mess!

      Wearing a mask is policy here as well. If you don’t want to wear a mask, order your groceries, send a friend, or drive to the rural town a few hours away that is scoffing at the mask regulations. In theory I like the idea of a generally hands-off government where the people organize public services within their small community, but I’m realizing now how little I would trust most people to act responsibly in such an environment.

      We’ve shifted a lot of our produce shopping to Costco because they were the first to require masks in store and have been the most consistent. It’s a place where we can feel relatively safe. At the end of the day, I wish people would realize that it’s not about “being told what to do” or “having rights infringed upon” but instead about doing the right thing for the common good. It’s frustrating to observe.

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