Trader Joe shopper who was captured by the camera in an anti-masked tug that was viewed millions of times online spoke to CBS in Los Angeles on Sunday.
It was the opening day of Trader Joe’s shop in North Hollywood when the shopper who has since gone viral tried to shop without covering his face.
“I have a respiratory problem, basically, from my nose,” said the woman.
The woman said the store manager allowed her to shop without a mask that night.
The woman told CBS L.A. an employee offered to shop for her and she could wait outside, but she wanted to shop alone.
But, he said, a man began to swear at her for wearing a mask. She said she felt threatened.
“Nobody was helping me, so that̵
The video showed his screams at other buyers asking for him to wear a mask, saying they were violating federal law.
It was then that the outbreak of anger began in which he referred to people as “democratic pigs”.
“At that moment, I felt they were behaving like pigs,” he said. “Do I regret it? No. I mean, not exactly at that moment, I don’t know.”
While Trader Joe’s shop policy does not require masks but instead encourages them, Governor Gavin Newsom recently issued a state-wide face covering mandate to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
After the outbreak, the woman was asked to leave the shop but did not initially say that “she did nothing wrong”.
The police were called, but no charges were brought and the woman returned home, vowing not to revisit the position of that trader Joe.
On Sunday evening, two men were seen shopping in the store without masks and were quickly escorted.