Elderly Georgia woman wishes death on mother and her 3 kids for not wearing masks inside Walmart in viral video
GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: A woman wearing a face mask was seen unleashing her wrath on a mother and her children for not wearing face coverings inside Walmart in a viral video. The video was recorded by a bystander inside a Gainesville Walmart on July 20. It showed an older woman with a face mask confronting a mother and her three children, who were all maskless. In the short clip which went viral on Wednesday, she is seen arguing about whether children under a certain age are required to wear masks. It is important to note that there is no mask mandate for the entire state of Georgia although many localities have issued their own set of social distancing requirements.
The mother, identified by CBS46 as Desiree Alis Vansickle, who was being attacked by the older woman cited one such norm by the Atlanta officials who have stated that children under the age of 10 do not need to wear a mask. "Even the school requires that children under the age of 10 not to wear them. So why would I make them wear them?" Vansickle asked the masked woman as the latter slammed her for being "ridiculous."
Then, in a fit of rage, the older woman said looking down at one of the children, "I hope you all die," before starting to walk away from the scene. "You take care of yourself, bye," the mother responded. "I hope you all die because you're going to kill me and my husband,'' the older woman retorted after stopping on her way and turning toward Vansickle, to which the latter said, "That's such a great thing to say to someone."
This woman literally looks into these children’s eyes and says, “I hope you all die.”— sally (@sallyKP) July 28, 2020
I’m at a loss for words.🥺 pic.twitter.com/gOw1bbSX1Z
Vansickle later told the outlet that despite appearing to put up a strong front, she left the encounter in tears and "shaking on the inside." "She was attacking the people that were coming in without masks and everybody was just kind of ignoring her and walking on and going on about their business, but I just didn't feel that it was right that she was wishing death upon people for not wearing a mask," Vansickle said.
The encounter reportedly took place on the same day that Walmart started a mask mandate which required customers in all its stores to wear face coverings when they entered their stores regardless of what the local governments required one to do. A "health ambassador" was supposed to stand in the front of each store and request customers who wanted to shop to put on a mask. However, at the same, employees could not prevent a customer from entering the store if they refused to wear a mask.
"The ambassadors, identifiable by their black polo shirts, will work with customers who show up at a store without a face covering to try and find a solution," according to a statement from Walmart.
Vansickle said that she had no issues regarding putting on a mask, but had not planned to visit Walmart the day the confrontation took place and thus did not come prepared. "There was a man at the door who said, 'If you have a mask can you please put your mask on,' and we didn't have any with us but he didn't say that we couldn't come in," she said.