A viral TikTok has shown a woman claiming she is from the "Freedom to Breathe Agency" telling an essential worker that she could go to jail for enforcing face masks.
Although, this isn't the first time the so-called Freedom to Breath Agency has drawn in attention...
This video is truly shocking...
These days, it seems that some people have forgotten that we are in the midst of a global pandemic.
via: GettyEven though the numbers of infections are steadily dropping in many countries, our country continues to be one of the worst affected.
There are currently over 2 million actives cases of the virus here in America...
via: GettyAnd it just doesn't seem to be phasing people anymore.
Many individuals seem to be forgetting that the virus is passed on through close contact...
Grow the hell up. Wear a mask. Look out for each other. It's not all about you. https://t.co/KLcrfkwXrJ— Elizabeth Hackett (@Elizabeth Hackett)1591910999.0
And this is exactly why government officials have been stressing the importance of wearing facemasks in public spaces.
via: GettyWearing a protective face covering, combined with other measures such as hand-washing and social distancing, has proven to have a remarkable effect on the spread of viruses.
So, as we slowly ease out of the pandemic...
Wear. A. Mask. It’s not about you, it’s a courtesy to others. And it saves lives. https://t.co/P3lmigxpgp— Mark Pocan (@Mark Pocan)1591830301.0
Even President Trump has encouraged people to wear their facemasks...And we all know his precarious history with following the rules.
The majority of us have been abiding by these newly enforced rules...
via: GettyWearing a facemask seems like a small sacrifice if it means avoiding a second lockdown, doesn't it?
But, sadly, not everyone has been understanding the severity of the problem.
via: GettyOf course, there are countless individuals who seem set on completely disregarding the rules.
In the last month, numerous stories of these rulebreakers have been emerging...
Anti-mask protesters march around the #Indiana State House chanting “USA” & “We Will Not Comply.” https://t.co/5EhmLBlzqK— Karen Campbell (@Karen Campbell)1595197599.0
The stories just get wilder...
#Florida Man Pulls A Gun In Dispute Over #Masks As #Walmart Announces All Customers Have To Wear Them. https://t.co/981d0CBS8i— WITIN RADIO (@WITIN RADIO)1594918546.0
But, this week, a new story has emerged...And this time, people are simply in shock over the sheer ridiculousness of the whole situation.
A TikTok has gone viral showing a woman in a store without a face mask.Of course, we've all seen these stories before, but this one is a little different.
The video shows a grocery store worker being targeted by this woman.
@KalhanR Oh hell no. The police would be summoned and they would be banned from my store.— WaterBluSky (@WaterBluSky)1596838871.0
But this particular customer was very different from the others.
@KalhanR Why were these frauds even allowed on the store without masks?— Karisma ✍️ (@Karisma ✍️)1596914206.0
The customer responded by stating she doesn't need to wear one.
via: TikTok"They told me, 'No, we’re not required to wear a mask.'"
But it wasn't because she was medically exempt...
via: TikTokThe customer went on to state that she was from the "Freedom To Breathe Agency."
Her companion then whipped out her phone to film the incident.
via: TikTokThe woman, identified as the FTBA's founder, Lenka Koloma, said they were "making sure that people's constitutional rights, civil and federal laws are not broken."
She went on an entire rant to Chavez...
via: TikTok"You personally need to take this to your manager because you personally can be sued for this, OK?" Koloma told Chavez while handing her a piece of paper.
via: TikTok"You are putting yourself into major legal liability — you personally."
Chavez said the paper stated she could face legal action for enforcing face masks."The piece of paper they gave me was basically telling me I could go to prison for up to 3 to 5 years and I could get fined up to 10,000 dollars for telling them to wear a mask if I’m not a doctor," she said.
The so-called "Freedom to Breathe Agency" - which is not a real government agency - has previously been the subject of a warning from the Department of Justice after its stunts.The group had also been distributing "face mask exempt" cards that claimed the holder was exempt from wearing a mask "under the Americans with Disability Act."
The Department of Justice said in a statement that the cards were not issued by the government."Do not be fooled by the chicanery and misappropriation of the DOJ eagle," said US Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin. “These cards do not carry the force of law. The ‘Freedom to Breathe Agency,’ or ‘FTBA,’ is not a government agency."
Koloma and the other woman left the store after the exchange captured in the video.
via: TikTok"They weren’t there to shop," Chavez added. "They honestly were probably just waiting for somebody to come up to them and ask them to wear a mask so they could do this."
Koloma, the woman in the video, spoke out after it went viral.
via: TiktokShe told Buzzfeed that she and her companion "both have medical, health conditions and also religious beliefs that do not allow us to wear a mask," but declined to say what those medical conditions are.
She also claimed that people like Chavez asking her to wear a mask could face legal action as it is akin to impersonating a medical doctor.
via: Getty ImagesShe also denied impersonating a government agency. "That’s absolutely false because we are a legitimate organization, we introduced ourselves as FTBA, the Freedom to Breathe Agency. There’s nothing illegal or fraudulent," she said.