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Daniel Maple trippin’ in a Fort Myers, Florida Costco
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By BWSTimes Staff
A White man, wearing a red “Running the world since 1776” t-shirt — which is problematic AF when considering what happened to indigenous and Black Americans during the nation’s inception — threw a furious fit when an elderly couple kindly asked him to wear a mask at a Costco’s store in Fort Myers, Florida.
Mask-wearing has been Costco’s policy since May, becoming one of the first stores in the nation to implement its own public health plan.
“We know some members may find this inconvenient or objectionable, but under the circumstances, we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience. This is not simply a matter of personal choice; a face-covering protects not just the wearer, but others too,” a spokesperson for the company stated.
Despite the store’s policy, it didn’t stop Costco Ken, who’s been identified as Daniel Maple, from coming into the building and breathing his unchecked/untested particles into the air during a global pandemic where the majority of Covid-19 carries are asymptomatic; notwithstanding, that it hits the world’s elderly population the hardest.
The angry man balled his fist and began yelling while walking towards the couple.
“I feel threatened,” he yelled, adding, “back off!”
He even screamed expletives, clearly heard in the now via social media video, shouting, “Back the f-ck up, and put your f-cking phone down.”
Florida man at Fort Myers Costco in "Running the World Since 1776" shirt flips out on elderly woman who asked him to wear a mask and man who defended her #BecauseFlorida (via @profjaffar) pic.twitter.com/PDOvi33qHK
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) July 7, 2020
The angry man’s employer, Ted Todd Insurance, caught wind of the video and issued the following statement via tweet.
“Thank you to everyone for their comments and messages raising awareness about a former employee at Ted Todd Insurance. Their behavior in the video is in direct conflict with our company values and their employment has been terminated.”
Thank you to everyone for their comments and messages raising awareness about a former employee at Ted Todd Insurance. Their behavior in the video is in direct conflict with our company values and their employment has been terminated.
— Ted Todd Insurance (@TedToddAgency) July 7, 2020