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Costco Worker Praised for Handling of Maskless Customer

He calmly took man's shopping cart away
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2020 5:39 AM CDT
Updated May 24, 2020 6:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – "I'll just put you on my 3,000-follower Instagram feed, mostly locals," an irate customer warns a Costco worker wearing a "Tison" name tag after being asked to wear a mask. The video has now been seen by almost 9 million people—and Tison is being widely praised. "Hi everyone. I work for Costco and I'm asking this member to put on a mask because that is our company policy," he says in the video. After the customer interrupts him to say "I'm not doing it. Because I woke up in a free country," Tison calmly takes the man's shopping cart away, USA Today reports. "Sir, have a great day. You are no longer welcome here in our warehouse. You need to leave. Thank you very much," Tison tells the man, who insults him as he walks away.

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The video of the clash in the store in Arvada, Colo., was posted on Twitter on Monday night after originally being posted on Instagram and then removed, NBC reports. Viewers commended Tison's handling of the situation and urged Costco to give him a raise. "People of Twitter thank you for all of the support," he tweeted. "I was just trying to protect our employees and our members." Costco made masks mandatory for workers and customers on May 4. "This is not simply a matter of personal choice; a face covering protects not just the wearer, but others too," CEO Craig Jelinek said in a letter to customers. "In short, we believe this is the right thing to do under the current circumstances." (Read more Costco stories.)

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