Texas woman spits on 7-Eleven cash counter, insults staff after being asked to wear a mask inside store
The incident happened a few days before Gov. Greg Abbott made it mandatory for “all Texans to wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties”
FORTH WORTH, TEXAS: An unidentified woman has been recorded insulting a staff member of 7-Eleven and also spitting on the counter of the store on Monday, June 29. The alleged incident happened after the cashier refused to bill her purchase as she was not wearing a face covering. The woman reportedly spat at the counter and shouted that she has "a right" to not wear a face mask. "I'm spreading more germs standing here," she was heard saying in the recording, USA Today reported. The alleged incident happened at a Fort Worth 7-Eleven store.
@GregAbbott_TX Slurpee Karen spits on a 7-Eleven counter in Fort Worth, TX after being asked to wear a mask. Contrary to her claims, she is actually required to wear a mask. #SlurpeeKaren #KarensGoneWild pic.twitter.com/5rmHqC0zsH— lpigs (@lpigs) July 3, 2020
According to CBS Dallas, the cashier, who was behind a plastic partition, also asked the woman to buy a mask in the store. But the woman yelled and said: “I’m not paying for a fuc**** mask! I’m not paying for it. We have a right in America not to wear a fuc**** mask!” The staff then directed the woman to a sign on the door of the store, which said that customers were required to wear face coverings inside the business.
The woman then stormed toward the exit door but soon came back and threw something over the counter. She also leaned forward before spitting on the counter, and said: “There you go.” The woman reportedly asked the cashier to pick up whatever she threw over the counter, but he refused and told her, “You spit on the fuc**** counter, don’t do that.”
"It’s disheartening to see a 7-Eleven team member be treated with the disrespect shown in this video. 7-Eleven, Inc. complies with all federal, state, and local laws, which includes local mandates that require face coverings in public. We respectfully ask that customers do the same,” 7-Eleven said in a statement to USA TODAY.
Fort Worth police when contacted by CBS 11 News about the woman’s actions said they “… were not called out to that location regarding that incident.”
Meanwhile, on Thursday, July 2, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order making it mandatory for “all Texans to wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties”.
"Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19. We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face-covering in public spaces,” Abbott said in a statement.
He also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the authority to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people. “Large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of group gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business,” Abbott added.