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Video of anti-mask woman at Calgary fabric store goes viral

The video shows a woman with rose-colored glasses pointing at an employee who speaks with her about the need to wear a mask

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A video of a woman berating employees who asked her to wear a mask in a Calgary store has gone viral on the internet.

A Fabricland official at 7310 Fisher Road SE confirmed that the incident occurred at that store on Sunday, but declined to speak further about the incident.

The video shows a woman in rose-colored glasses pointing at an employee who speaks with her about the need to wear a mask.

Throughout the video, the woman speaks to several people in a mocking, childish voice while arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax.

“You are a sheep, like the others,” said the unidentified woman. “Why don’t you find out? “

She then makes fun of another person who was filming the exchange.

“Are you afraid? You should run away. But you have your super mask.

Disclaimer: The video contains foul language.

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A member of staff calmly continues to ask the woman to leave the store, until she finally obeys.

“If I ever come back here and this thing turns out to be a hoax, I want an apology from all of you sheep,” the woman said.

The video was retrieved and shared by a New York-based Twitter user, and has since had more than 415,000 views on that account alone.

The city of Calgary passed a mask bylaw in July, which came into effect on August 1. It requires face masks in any interior space to which the public has access, including retail stores, malls, recreation centers, churches and public common areas in office buildings.

A city poll in August found 89 percent of Calgary residents are in compliance.

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Asked about the video on Tuesday, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the vast majority of Calgarians do wear masks because they understand it is a service to others and can help save lives.

“If you don’t like it, write a very angry email to the mayor’s office,” Nenshi said. “Don’t beat on the 16-year-old who works at the store.”

Dr Amy Tan, associate professor in the department of family medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine, said that contrary to what the woman in the video argued, evidence continues to emerge that the masks prevent the droplets from spreading, limiting the spread of COVID-19.

“We are also seeing new evidence that wearing a reusable fabric mask can reduce any viral exposure the wearer would get, and therefore potentially you would get a less severe form of COVID even if you were to be exposed,” Tan said.

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She said she was disheartened to see videos of people attacking each other, adding that we all wanted the pandemic to be over.

“I think that’s what a lot of people who were against masking are actually against: it’s the visible reminder that COVID-19 is still here,” Tan said.

“Ignoring it will only make things harder and worse for everyone. “

As Tan urges kindness and patience during the pandemic, a new poll from Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies suggests that a growing number of Canadians are beginning to believe that warnings from public officials about the threat of COVID-19 are overkill.

Almost a quarter of people in an online survey say they think public health and government officials are exaggerating in their warnings, including the need for measures such as physical distancing to slow the spread of the pandemic.

Regionally, respondents from Alberta were more likely to believe the threat was improving, followed by Atlantic Canada and Quebec, with Ontario at the back of the pack.

Younger respondents were more likely than those over 55 to believe the statements were exaggerated.

The online survey was conducted September 11-13 among 1,539 Canadian adults. It cannot be given a margin of error because Internet surveys are not considered random samples.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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