A Pennsylvania worker Rite Aid said she was fired after an enraged customer destroyed the shop for asking him to leave because she wasn’t wearing a mask.
Shift manager Elena Santiago, 40, told the York Daily Record that a young man carrying a skateboard entered the York, Pa. Chain early in the afternoon on Thursday, September 3.
The man ignored his first two requests to cover his face as required by state law.
She tried to give him one of the masks the store keeps on hand for customers, but the man rudely denied his offer, he said.
“If you are going to disrespect me, I’ll have to ask you to leave the shop,” he later recalled telling the customer, warning him that he would call the police if he didn̵
When the man threatened to assault her if she called 911, she asked the cashier to call other employees to help with the situation.
The man responded violently, pushing the cashier into a magazine rack, he said.
Security footage shows the man throwing shop displays to the ground and knocking over the cash register.
He is then seen leaving the shop and smashing a window with his table.
Santiago said she was fired days later, the following Tuesday, and is worried about not finding a new job during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I really don’t understand that,” he said.
“I was fired for defending myself. They are punishing me for defending myself. I think the way they handled it is unfair. “
Rite Aid did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Company spokesman Chris Savarese declined to comment on the Daily Record.