An unmasked shopper is speaking out after a Facebook video of a confrontation between him and a Washington-based grocery store employee in Spokane went viral.
“One of their employees came up to me and very loudly asked me if I had a medical condition,” Scott, who asked to be identified only by his first name, told NBC affiliate KHQ. “I said I don’t need to tell you if I had a medical condition, but I’m exempt from wearing masks.”
The video shows a Yoke’s Fresh Market employee, clad in a light green mask, confronting Scott who can be heard saying he has a medical condition that exempts him from wearing a mask.
It is unclear what happened before the video starts and whether the employee asked specifics about Scott’s medical condition.
As the situation escalates, a crowd gathers around the employee and the unmasked man.
“All you had to say was, ‘You had a medical exemption and I don’t have to wear a mask,'” the employee said in the video. Scott says in response: “I don’t have to tell you about my medical condition.”
Yoke’s Fresh Market is investigating an altercation that was filmed between a Yoke’s employee and an unmasked shopper at the North Foothills location in Spokane.
“We have been made aware of the event that took place yesterday evening at our North Foothills location,” the company wrote on its Facebook page. “It is important to us that we create a safe place for our guests and our associates. We are in the process of collecting information and speaking with those involved so we can understand exactly what happened before we take appropriate action.”
Scott said that he wished no harm to anybody.
“In retrospect, I wish I hadn’t argued with him, I wasn’t trying to do anything violent to anybody,” he said. “I just wanted to get away from him.”