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An unmasked shopper in Washington spoke out Tuesday after a video went viral, according to NBC News. The video shows the man in a confrontation with a grocery store employee in Spokane.
“One of their employees came up to me and very loudly asked me if I had a medical condition,” Scott, who asked to be identified only by his first name, told NBC affiliate KHQ. “I said I don’t need to tell you if I had a medical condition, but I’m exempt from wearing masks.”
The video shows a Yoke’s Fresh Market employee, clad in a light green mask, confronting Scott who can be heard saying he has a medical condition that exempts him from wearing a mask. It is unclear what happened before the video starts and whether the employee asked specifics about Scott’s medical condition. As the situation escalates, a crowd gathers around the employee and the unmasked man.
“All you had to say was, ‘You had a medical exemption and I don’t have to wear a mask,'” the employee said in the video. Scott says in response: “I don’t have to tell you about my medical condition.”
The employee backs away from Scott after spectators ask him to socially distance. He then asks him to please leave his store. People are not required to provide details or proof of any medical condition that qualifies individuals for a face covering exemption, according to the Washington Department of Health. In another recording of the incident, the employee appears to grab and throw Scott’s phone to the ground. As he is escorted out of the store into the parking lot, the employee can be seen hurling an unknown object at Scott’s head.
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