A Costco employee is getting a landslide of praise from Twitter users after he was caught on video telling off a customer who refused to wear a mask in the store.
In response, Tison looks directly at the camera and says: "Hi everyone, I work for Costco and I'm asking this customer to put on a mask because that is our company policy".
When the customer refused to put one on because in his words, he "woke up in a free country", Tison informed the shopper that he is no longer welcome in the warehouse, promptly taking his cart away while politely wishing him a great day.
Costco is the latest retailer to ask its members to wear masks or face coverings when shopping at warehouses. It also won't be the last, but Tison probably deserves to be featured in a Costco instructional video for how to stay cool and in charge when confrontations like these start to escalate.
"People of Twitter thank you for all of the support", he wrote.
"So you're going to take this cart from me, full of stuff..." the man says.
The customer followed up his video post to rail against people online who criticized him for his refusal to wear a mask. The customer berates him as he walks away, calling him a "little b*tch".
'I will not comply with your mask rule!,' one person posted on Twitter. "I've got every right to not wear a mask everywhere because this isn't about the mask, this is about control", he said.
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"Because we live in a free country".
To which Tison replies, "Hi, everyone".
With that Tison takes the customer's cart away: "Sir, have a great day".
He said that he believes requiring everyone to wear masks is unjust. "I was just trying to protect our employees and our members".
Dana Piccoli remarked: "Just bought a Costco membership thanks to Tison".
"I am very concerned that this summer, as temperatures rise, we will see a noteworthy increase in short tempers moving from verbal to physical".
Costco has been contacted for additional comment. Another said, "Same kind of people that don't understand a certain "S" word but use the library, call the police and fire dept when they need to, have streets and sanitation maintained, send their kids to public schools, and took the $1200 from their president", while one more Tison support mused, "he stands there wearing shirt & shoes".
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