Florida shopper likens people in coronavirus masks to ‘cult members’ after being ordered to leave store


A WOMAN in Florida has been caught on camera yelling at mask-wearing shoppers, calling them “cult members.”

The outburst happened on Sunday outside a Walmart in Winter Springs.

In the video, the woman can be seen yelling, “You guys are f*****g cult members! I’m not wearing a mask!”

Seminole County officials have enacted a mask mandate that requires people to wear masks while in public, aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Florida recently became one of the nation’s hotspots for the virus, as cases skyrocketed from hundreds daily to more than 15,000 daily.

The state saw its biggest single-day spike on Sunday after recording more than 15,300 new COVID-19 cases.

The previous record was on April 10 in New York when 12,847 new cases were reported.

On Wednesday, Walmart announced it will require customers in its US stores to wear masks.

Florida lawmakers have yet to create a statewide mask mandate.

Gov Ron DeSantis, who has come under fire recently, said he will not institute such a mandate as he trusts people will “make the right decisions.”

DeSantis’ claims come at a time when the state has been forced to shut down reopened restaurants and bars due to compliance issues.

According to the White House-cited coronavirus model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation from the University of Washington, nearly 8,000 deaths in Florida could be prevented through consistent mask-wearing in public.

The model predicts 15,393 COVID-19 deaths in the state by October 1 without mask-wearing.

The Sunshine State has seen pushback against mask-wearing, as protestors have complained that being made to wear them would infringe on their individual freedoms.


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