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An strange encounter with a mask-less shopper.

Two days ago I took my 15-year old daughter to the store. Once a favorite pastime, it is now a journey of bare necessity. I was happy to browse around the isles while she did her shopping. Suddenly I was rudely yanked out of my reverie by what appeared to be a female shopper.

“Did you see Fauci, that someone taped and put him on the internet, he was speaking without a mask on”? I blankly looked at the speaker, a bit perturbed. Instinctively I shook my head no. In my mind the questions began.

Why would I feel the need to monitor whether Dr. Fauci wears a mask or not, he ought to know better but if not, what can I do about it. And why in God’s name is this strange woman interrupting me when I have my mask on and so does my daughter to ask me such a question. Then again, Why she this “unmasked” stranger decides to ask me about someone else when she herself does not have a mask on?

She continues rambling on that she has the video and can show it to me. No thank you I said to her, I will google it. Again she offers to show it to me. She tells me I have it here, let me show you. I repeat, no … she insists.

Again I tell her no and walk off.

My mind is questioning again, her insistence that I come to look at her phone. Why would I want to be that close to any person in the state of Texas that does not see fit to wear a mask to protect herself to view something on her phone.

She went on to state that she had broken her nose and found it difficult to breathe with a mask on and even went so far as to say that she had her mask in her pocketbook and can show it to me. Keep in mind no such words escaped my lips. I am not monitoring masks.

I kept walking to the cash register trying to get out of there. As I was in this bizarre information exchange with this unmasked stranger. I looked around and realized that several other patrons were mask-less as well.

The cashier to her credit was wearing a mask, although it was residing well below her nose. The theme song from the twilight show is now playing in my head.

I hurried my daughter out of that establishment and she said “mom that was really bizarre. What was that all about?”

I have no answers.

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I told my daughter if she ever gets a ridiculous request like that do not, in today’s pandemic step closer that six feet to look at anyone’s phone or anything else. Most especially if that person is, in my opinion, disrespecting themselves and others by refusing to wear a mask. They should be deemed dangerous.

Later I reflect on what would make that unmasked stranger approach me with such bizarre information sharing? I was not speaking of masks, I was not on the phone, in fact I was not speaking at all.

Be vigilant and stay well.

15 thoughts on “Un-masked

  1. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life. The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.Jul 9, 2017
    Forbes India › Life › Thoughts

    1. Wrong comment I fear! Didn’t copy t right. I have a breathing problem like the maskless shopper with her head in the hopper!

  2. Wow, sounds strange!

  3. Sounds like the mask-less shopper was violating your boundaries, for sure.
    And she was violating supermarket etiquette, during this difficult time.
    Like you, grocery shopping was once fun for me, but not now.

    It was, perhaps a teaching moment to speak to your daughter about maintaining boundaries in public spaces during difficult times. You gave her some wise advice.🌷🤗

  4. Hear still thinking about your story. So weird! But you did the right thing. try to avoid drama if you can — ALWAYS!

  5. Great post Pene. I feel this pandemic has highlighted manners, etiquette, and odd behaviors that used to fly below the radar 😂🤣

    I hope the world will recalibrate quickly to the necessities of this pandemic and act appropriately. Change spreads one person at a time

    Stay safe & thanks for your service❣️🤗

  6. very strange encounter! glad you told your daughter to ignore that foolishness.

    1. You are so right.

  7. Got to be very careful

    1. Yes we do.

  8. Wow. That was really strange. Caution is needed.

    1. My sister, I am currently at home quarantined, i tested positive for COVID-19. I am doing ok, taking my Zinc, Vit D, Vit C , tumeric cocktail, perhaps I will document lots of it.
      The brain gets tired quickly and I cannot think for long periods of time without taking a break. But By God’s grace I will be well soon. I will allow the holy spirit to use this experience to say what he wants me to say. Plus I have some first hand knowledge of what it fells like.

  9. I would have ran out of the supermarket lol…. I can do better with half of your patience. Thank you lol.

    1. Lol, then I came down with COVID after that encounter.

      1. Hope you managed to forgive. Because meeeen!! God needed to create in you a new heart and spirit sis.

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