It seems that some of us are not adjusting very well to our “new norma.” It’s been my personal experience that wearing a mask is not very comfortable, but to me, it’s not worth punching someone out over.

That’s exactly what happened on June 12, 2020. Albany Police say that around 5:30 p.m. on June 12, an employee of Hair and Wig Beauty Supply on Central Avenue confronted a customer because the customer was not wearing a mask.

The store's surveillance video shows the employee walking up to the customer, talking to him. The video does not show them talking very long before the customer punches the employee in the face with a closed fist. He then goes on to kick the employee in the abdomen and punches him again before leaving the store. The attacker is described as a black male with long hair, possibly in braids.

According to 6 News Jessie Parks, the wife of the store owner, said that the employee possibly has a broken nose, but should be able to return to work soon.

This situation brings to light a problem that is occurring all over the country, some customers believe that they have the right to walk around without masks. Store employees are already risking their lives by suddenly becoming front-line essential employees. They deserve to be protected from the risks of COVID-19 while at work. Store owners are simply obeying the law by enforcing policies that require employees, as well as customers, to wear masks.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Store employees usually don’t make a lot of money, so it doesn’t seem right to require them to add “Mask Police“ to their job duties.

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