A man was caught on video physically assaulting a Walmart employee in Florida after the man entered the store without a face mask.
In a shocking video posted by Twitter user @CaliCoCo3 on Saturday, the maskless man attempts to enter the retailer when a male employee bars him.
However, the man becomes defiant, pushes the staffer’s arm, and then pushes the staffer’s torso — which causes the man to fall to the ground.
“You gotta wear a mask, bro,” a bystander is heard saying in the background.
The man gets up and continues to enter the store, pushing the employee once again.
“I need you out!” the worker exclaims to the man.
Though more Walmart employees surround the man, the man proceeds to walk into one of the store’s aisles.
In another video, the man appears to be walked out by the employee and another masked man. It is unclear whether the masked man is a fellow co-worker or a witness.
“Look what you did to me, man,” the employee says, holding up his hurt arm.
“I ain’t done ---- to you!” the man angrily replies.
“Spittin’ all over the ------- place!” the masked man adds.
The employee once again tells the man to leave.
On April 17, John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., and Kath McLay, president and CEO of Sam’s Club, penned a letter “requiring that associates wear masks or other face coverings at work.”
While face coverings are “mandatory” for workers, the message says the companies will “be encouraging customers and members to wear face coverings when they shop with us.”
On Monday morning, Florida’s Department of Health reported 2,926 new coronavirus infections, bringing the state’s total to 100,217 confirmed cases.
According to projections from a model by scientists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania last Thursday, the Sunshine State has “all the markings of the next large epicenter of coronavirus transmission.”