Footage has emerged of anti-mask protestors storming a store and mall in Los Angeles, and it's sparked some very mixed opinions online...
Wearing facemasks has been a point of debate for almost a year now...
via: ShutterstockBecause so many people have been fiercely arguing over whether masks are necessary or not on social media.
It's well and truly been dividing opinions online.
via: ShutterstockThose in full support of wearing face masks have been saying it should have been enforced sooner than it has, while others think masks are a way to "control us" or are just simply ineffective at protecting us from the virus.
But, as the months have slowly trickled by...
via: ShutterstockMore and more people have been joining the anti-mask movement, believing wearing a mask during the global pandemic is "against their human rights."
Studies have shown there could be genuine physiological reasons as to why some people are don't want to wear a face covering."When faced with uncertain situations over which we have no control, we tend to exercise it wherever we can, so we feel safe," one expert said, according to HuffPost. "Some will feel safer exercising their control over not wearing a mask, while others will feel safer exercising their control to wear one."
Other experts blame mixed messages from those in power.
"The mixed messages we’ve all received are probably the main culprit for non-mask wearing. Inconsistent recommendations, along with historic polarization of political parties, magnify a common mistrust of government mandates."
If face masks is the answer why was wearing them not made compulsory months ago??— Mark Seaney (@Mark Seaney)1594825788.0
But, whatever the reasons, masks have become an extremely polarizing topic...
With anti-mask protests increasing, as is the dispute.
Out walking my dog this morning with my mask on. Got a nod/wave from every person wearing a mask. I got squat from… https://t.co/ne8J5z9ha8— Bring on 2021 !! (@Bring on 2021 !!)1594826180.0
This week saw anti-mask protestors storm a Los Angeles grocery store and mall.
via: ShutterstockEncouraging verbal altercations with staff and shoppers, the video shared online has sparked a lot of opinions.
@SamBraslow The situation could have quickly been resolved if the Mall had taken the initiative and told them to le… https://t.co/zHNVAO3FwS— JB McQuilken (@JB McQuilken)1609742818.0
@SamBraslow @KillerMartinis These folks are why we healthcare workers are fatigued and angry. Just wear a freaking… https://t.co/mjEo72PTBd— Kendra Presley (@Kendra Presley)1609733923.0
@SamBraslow @KillerMartinis This crap makes me so utterly sick, I can't stand it. The coldness, the cruelty. The mo… https://t.co/aNzTZvxrrZ— Pennie RemoveTrumpNow Reese (@Pennie RemoveTrumpNow Reese)1609738844.0
@SamBraslow Imagine a gas station hangs a "no shirt, no shoes, no service" sign and this bozo walks in without a sh… https://t.co/6IC3neDcAZ— Dougie Fresh (@Dougie Fresh)1609767516.0
@SamBraslow We all need to do this. They want to blame every death on covid. When thats not the case. My sister… https://t.co/EAZkeAgTdB— Cindy Michaels (@Cindy Michaels)1609771866.0
@SamBraslow Masks don’t work! The amount of people being brainwashed is staggering! The humanity is depressing at the moment— Titi (@Titi)1609766601.0
@SamBraslow These idiots never think about the employees, the people who have to be in an enclosed space with other… https://t.co/w4yox7xJmp— Not that Karen (@Not that Karen)1609769358.0
The protest took place at a Ralphs and the Westfield Century City mall.
In the videos posted on Twitter, the alleged protestors can be seen marching through the store and mall without masks.
Today, a group of anti-maskers protested at Ralph’s and the Century City shopping mall. Lots of angry confrontation… https://t.co/lSQYiCJmZY— Samuel Braslow (@Samuel Braslow)1609726551.0
They walked through with some holding signs that claim COVID is a "con-job" while shouting "no more masks" to others in the store.
The clips also showed them getting into arguments with other shoppers who wanted them to put on a mask or leave.
A violent altercation broke out between a protester and a customer. Didn’t see see the inciting incident. She claim… https://t.co/TUcRULhNLD— Samuel Braslow (@Samuel Braslow)1609726590.0
One clip showed a protestor calling a shopper a "mask Nazi" whilst other videos the protestors trying to push open doors of shops that had closed due to the protest.
Another showed a woman who said she’s a doctor, shouting at the anti-maskers: "My mother is in the hospital with COVID," to which she received the response, "People die. That’s life. Your father’s not special."
One of the more intense moments was when a woman who said she’s a doctor shouted at the anti-maskers from behind a… https://t.co/ON4DL0gTNE— Emily Holshouser (@Emily Holshouser)1609727725.0
Los Angeles police were in attendance and recorded 2 battery reports, one at the Ralphs and the second at the mall.
Officer Rosario Cervantes told BuzzFeed News that there were no arrests connected to the protest at either location, saying officers responded just "to keep the peace."
Things get heated between a Steve Madden employee and a protester who tries to push through their door, claiming th… https://t.co/lkpK3UkOv6— Samuel Braslow (@Samuel Braslow)1609728568.0
"We were there to keep the peace and they were there to facilitate their First Amendment rights," she added.
For more stories like this, scroll on to see the drastic punishment one town is issuing to those caught without a mask on...
A mall official asks some anti-maskers to leave. A protester asks, “In the 40s, would you ask a group of Black peop… https://t.co/qW1Dc6ujX2— Samuel Braslow (@Samuel Braslow)1609730937.0