At Starbucks and Walmart, incidents have sparked regarding customers wearing or not wearing masks. Last month, a Starbucks worker in California was blasted on social media for refusing service to a customer who did not wear a protective mask.
The customer, Amber Lynn Gilles, posted a photo of a barista, Lenin Gutierrez, who reportedly denied her service. The incident led to Gutierrez receiving more than $85,000 in tips via a GoFundMe account due to many people supporting his decision to not serve the maskless woman.
In April, a video circulated of a Black man at an Illinois Walmart who was escorted out of the store for wearing a mask. The video was viewed more than 120,000 times.
“This officer right here behind us...just followed us in the store...He just followed us from outside, told us that we cannot wear masks,” the man says to the camera. “There’s a presidential order. There’s a state order, and he’s following us outside the store. We’re being asked to leave for staying safe.”
The Wood River Police Department later said the officer who removed the man from the store was “mistaken when it came to the store’s policy prohibiting masks” and it was “the one error” made in the incident, Police Chief Brad Wells said.
Several communities, states and government agencies have implemented the mask requirement as some Americans continue to be resistant to using masks as a way to limit the spread of the virus.