Woman says human rights violated after LUSH store kicks her out for not wearing mask
A woman in Kelowna, B.C. is making waves on social media after being asked to leave a LUSH store for refusing to wear a mask.
A video circulating online shows a heated exchange between a customer, LUSH employees, and a security who tell the woman she must leave the store as she is not following store policy which requires all customers to wear a mask.
In response, the woman says that it is her right to walk through the store without a mask, given that she has a medical condition preventing her from wearing a face covering.
"Explain to me how my human rights, with my medical condition, cannot walk through a store when it's totally fine for me to walk through a store," she said.
My daughter got #Karen’d yesterday! A wild Trump-loving-anti-masker came into @lushcosmetics at #OrchardPark mall in #Kelowna , #BritishColumbia #Canada. Let’s make her go viral!! Twitter do your thing! #KarensGoneWild #antimasker pic.twitter.com/YZt2kFAme7— Jill Cowie (@JillCowie2) September 19, 2020
The security guard then asks for a medical note to which the woman says that it is none of his business.
"I don't need to give you my medical note, I have my puffer with me but that's none of your business," she said, adding that the store employees are harassing her.
I know the law and I know my constitutional human rights."
Many have commented on the video, which was originally filmed by the customer but reshared by one of the employee's mothers.
One more time, for folks in the cheap seats... Private property with assumed public access (i.e. a store) is NOT public property. If you’re not following their rules you CAN be refused service and asked to leave. If you choose not to, you become a trespasser.— KathieB 🌈 (@MarstonHouseLS) September 20, 2020
"A store is private property. They have the right to refuse service and right to refuse entry. She's not being forced to do anything. She can CHOOSE to put on a mask and shop there, or not to wear a mask and shop online or somewhere else," someone else wrote.
People that have legitimate reasons to not wear masks usually tend to not be dicks about it. They know to do curbside pickup or shop online. Because they understand the need to not put others at risk for their own gratification.— Angel of Death (@angelof_d) September 20, 2020
Others, who defended the customer, said that she was being bullied.
There are many people with REAL medical conditions.For example, asthma - for which many allergists actually advise WEARING MASKS. I'm fed up with healthy, bully, jerks who read BS online & declare an imaginary "health condition" so they don't need to wear masks. Selfish FOOLS!— Sherry Baker (@Sherstar) September 21, 2020
Masks have been mandatory in all LUSH stores since July 18.
"As of Saturday, July 18th, face coverings are now mandatory in all Lush stores across North America," the store said in a COVID-19 update.
"Shoppers who wish to enter a store but do not have their own face covering will be provided with one, or can choose contactless ordering instead by remaining outside the store while staff assist. The change comes following new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, along with our ongoing commitment to the safety of our customers, staff and overall community."
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