Some People Are Scum.

There is no other way of putting this: Some people are scum and will use anything they can to scam people out of a few bucks.

The latest trick is that people are selling “Face Mask Exempt” cards which carry the seal of the Department of Justice saying that the bearer of the card is exempt from wearing faces masks and that requiring them to do so is a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

And another example:

The ADA branch of the Department of Justice has issued a notice on these scam cards:

If you are wondering whether a state or municipality can require the use of masks, generally speaking, they can. This is based on a 1905 case from the Supreme Court called Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905) where the Court opined:

“The police power of a State embraces such reasonable regulations relating to matters completely within its territory, and not affecting the people of other States, established directly by legislative enactment, as will protect the public health and safety.


The liberty secured by the Constitution of the United States does not import an absolute right in each person to be at all times, and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint, nor is it an element in such liberty that one person, or a minority of persons residing in any community and enjoying the benefits of its local government, should have power to dominate the majority when supported in their action by the authority of the State.”

This means that a state or municipality may require masks in public (as do several states now.)

Certainly stores and private property can require people to wear masks if they so choose.

Bottom line is don’t get sucked into scams where you pay good money for a worthless card and then get into an argument or fight with people because you were scammed.

The people that come up with these things that rip people off are lower than pond scum.

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