LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A buyer at a North Hollywood Trader Joe’s was filmed with a fit of anger after being told to wear a mask inside the store.
The incident was captured on cell phone video and widely shared on social media, garnering more than seven million views as of Saturday night.
In the video, the buyer was heard shouting expletives and calling people “Democratic pigs.”
At one point in the clip, she hit her shopping basket on the floor and ran toward the exit.
The buyer was in the store on the opening day of the new Trader Joe’s location in the North Hollywood neighborhood.
Governor Gavin Newsom made facial coatings mandatory in most cases throughout the state of California.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, people have been defying requirements and challenging orders to wear masks across the country.
In Orange County, the county health director resigned after facing death threats over his mask mandate.
To date, 31 states do not require people to wear masks when they are in public, while 19 states, including California, do require them.
There are mask mandate exemptions for people with medical problems that make it dangerous to cover your nose and mouth.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing face covers, staying at least six feet away from other people in public, and maintaining proper hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.