More Mask Insanity.

Here is another incident of people who don’t want to wear masks getting into fights with store employees:

SEATTLE — A confrontation about a man who refused to wear a mask inside a Seattle hardware store spiraled into violence on Sunday, and the fight that ensued was captured on cell phone footage.

The video begins with Bobby Dixon trying to re-enter Tweedy and Popp Hardware at Lake City, only to be met at the door by an employee armed with a baseball bat. The recording then shows the two men trading vicious blows after the bat gets knocked away.

“It was actually quite terrifying,” Dixon said. “I’ve never had anybody come at me with a weapon like that and it was flight or fight and I was trying to get out of there and he kept coming at me super aggressively.”

Dixon said he and a friend went into the store on Sunday to buy screws. Dixon said he wore a mask while inside the store but his friend didn’t, despite signs posted on the front doors telling customers that face covering were required.

Dixon said right away employees told his friend to mask up or get out. His friend told them he was fully vaccinated. The employees said wearing masks was a store policy, and the situation quickly turned ugly.

Many anti-maskers have claimed they are “medically exempt” or something like that.

It doesn’t matter.

A store is private property. Most likely the sidewalk directly in front of this store, as well as the parking lot are private property.

If a store has a rule on requiring masks and you don’t want to wear a mask, it’s simple: don’t shop at that store.

Stores cannot deny services because of such things as race, religion, gender, etc., but wearing a mask is not one of those things.

If a store wants, it doesn’t have to serve anyone who is not wearing a green shirt. It is THEIR choice.

We are very big property rights people here at Raised on Hoecakes, and a property owner has the right to allow those who they want on their property. Period end of sentence.

A report was filed with Seattle police and detectives said they are trying to sort out two very conflicting versions of what happened. Police said the employee they contacted claimed neither customer was wearing a mask. Dixon said he did have on a mask while inside, though in the video during the fight, Dixon is not wearing a mask.

According to the police report, the store employee also said he was attacked by both men. In the video, the employee is only seen fighting with Dixon.

The fact that the versions of the event are different is not surprising.

It doesn’t take away from the fact that store doesn’t have to allow people who don’t want to wear a mask in the store.

If Dixon was wearing a mask while trying to get into the store, it would have been on the video.

He wasn’t and so we tend to believe the store employees’ version.

It all comes back down to “if you don’t want to wear a mask and the store requires a mask, don’t shop at that store. Respect the property rights of the store just as you want people to respect your property rights on your property.”

3 Responses to “More Mask Insanity.”

  1. Percy Veer says:

    I agree that a store has the right to refuse service to those not wearing a mask but not sure hey have a legal right to assault a person not wearing a mask who comes on their property. Will be interesting how it plays out. A lot of local convenience stores and restaurants “trespass” undesirables on their property and then call the cops if they come back but I’ve never heard of a case were the property owner assaulted the trespasser and tried to physically remove them.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Percy Veer,

      Thanks for the comment.

      We agree that the physical altercation is a little unusual, but it is not without precedence. People do have the right to physically remove others from their property.

      The bat being used is a little surprising, but we wonder how aggressive the man was and whether the bat was being used as a weapon (in the video the employee doesn’t appear to swing it) or whether he was using it as something akin to a police baton where held out in front of you, you can keep people away. If the employee was going to smack the guy with the bat with little or no physical provocation, we agree that is a problem.

      It just goes to show you how nuts people are these days.

      Thanks again.

      A. Afterwit.

  2. Pops says:

    People are nuts… or psychotic. I recently had a middle-aged woman pull her jacket lapel across her mouth and nose when we passed on a narrow track halfway up a mountain – well, a tall hill anyway. I was going up, unmasked as always, and she and several companions were coming down. She had no mask, but a couple of her friends were wearing them under their chins, in the country, on a breezy day, just in case they met the boogeyman. They all acted as if I were the boogeyman. Madness.