Many businesses mandate customers to wear face coverings in order to enter their stores. One white couple in Marshall, Minnesota, felt compelled to adhere to that protocol by wearing face coverings emblazoned with Nazi swastikas while casually shopping at a Walmart. As a result, Walmart banned the couple from its store for a year, according to ABC News.
This past Saturday, Facebook user Raphaela Mueller, posted a video showing the customers freely wearing the face coverings at Walmart.
“I was speechless,” Mueller told ABC News of the incident. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. I turned to my partner and said, ‘Wow, did I just see that right?’”
Mueller said she felt the need to say and do something based on her own personal family history.
“My great-grandmother fought in the Underground Resistance against the first wave of Nazis and risked her life for other people,” she said. “I had that underlying knowledge in my head of, ‘Wow, if I don’t say anything now, what did she risk her life for?’”
“What happened at our store in Marshall, MN is unacceptable,” Garcia stated. “We strive to provide a safe and comfortable shopping environment for all our customers and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment in any aspect of our business. We are asking everyone to wear face coverings when they enter our stores for their safety and the safety of others and it’s unfortunate that some individuals have taken this pandemic as an opportunity to create a distressing situation for customers and associates in our store.”
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz reacted via Twitter.
Disgraceful, plain and simple. Thank you to the bystanders who stood up to this unacceptable, hate-fueled behavior.https://t.co/KaGfGFywuA
— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) July 26, 2020