A Florida man was fired from his job as an insurance agent after his video-recorded tirade when asked to wear a face mask in a Costco wholesale store and attracted a large audience on social media.
The video, which was posted on Twitter on Monday, shows a man wearing flip-flops and a red t-shirt that says “Running the world since 1776” and screaming in the store after reports say he was asked why he was no face covering as Costco requires locations.
Screaming, “I feel threatened,” “Back,” and worse, the man staggered toward an employee who came to the aid of an elderly woman who had asked about the lack of facial covering.
The Fort Myers Costco incident occurred on June 26 and affected a man who was later identified by several news agencies as Ted Todd Insurance’s insurance agent Daniel Maples.
Billy Corben, a filmmaker from Miami who posted the video, said one of the customers who had caused Maples’ anger had blamed Costco for taking Maples out of the store and making sure he left before helping the older customer to their car.
The insurance company soon published its own tweet rejecting the behavior shown on the video tape and saying that the “former employee” had been fired.
In a separate post, Charley Todd, CEO of the insurance company, wrote that “threatening behavior and intimidation violate our core mission of being trusted advisors in our community. We also commit to immediately reviewing our existing internal culture.”
All employees and member customers wear facewear.
“We know some [Costco] Members may find this impractical or uncomfortable, but given the circumstances, we believe the added security is worth every inconvenience. This is not just a matter of personal choice; A face covering protects not only the wearer, but also others, “said Craig Jelinek, President and CEO of Costco, in a statement to the camp members at the time.
Costco declined to comment on the incident on Wednesday, one of a series of public clashes about wearing masks that the United States is struggling withAccording to the latest data from the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, more than 131,000 Americans, including more than 3,800 people in Florida.