We are up at my parents' cabin (it's really a cabin, not some palatial second home) and yesterday we stopped in at a Stewart's for ice cream whilst in town getting supplies. Before I launch into the story, some pertinent info:
First, NYS has mandated masks. Second, Stewart's has chosen to support that mandate and require masks. Third, it was $.50 ice cream cone day, unbeknownst to us.
We stopped at a Stewart's to get some gas and milk, and we decided to get some ice cream whilst there, as they have good ice cream. There was a bit of a line, but it looked as if it was one big family. The store wasn't crowded, so we wore our masks, and stayed back from the group of about 6 people - mixed kids and adults. As we were waiting, this woman barges into the store sans mask. She walks around, and a store employee tells her that she has to mask up, or leave. The store employee wasn't being an ass. He literally said, "Ma'am, Stewart's has a mask policy. Please wear a mask to do your shopping" This lady loses it. I couldn't really follow her tirade, but it was Fox News' Greatest Hits. It was masks, then taking away guns (which I would totally support in her case), then One World Government under Bill Gates. This manager-type lady comes around the counter, and starts asking her to leave. Crazy lady is running away, like manager lady is chasing her, which she's not. Crazy lady is dodging around the frozen food cases like she's in a game of tag with players we can't see. The manager and a young male employee are now out from behind the counter, and they're looking like they don't know whether to try to herd her out the door, or call the police. The ice cream counter employee keeps on scooping ice cream, while the family is engrossed in the drama unfolding in the store.
There's a guy in line trying to buy some coffee, and then we're standing around waiting for the cone counter to clear. The Stewart's employees managed to herd her toward one of the doors, but she's still evading phantom pursuers. She finally looks like she's going to head out the door furthest from the cone counter, but she turns and runs around this hand sanitizer and COVID-19 poster display, right into us. I'm tall, and of a more athletic build, and my husband is "a big Henry Rollins-looking mofo", as one of my coworkers put it. He's a bit over 6'4", and has lifted weight for over 30 years now, so he can look intimidating, especially with a mask because you can't see him smiling. We were just standing there, both wearing "Sound of Music" masks my mom made from some old floral drapery fabric, but crazy lady looked like she was having a stroke. She starts reeling backwards, even though no physical contact was made, and saying "Stay away from me!" Then she ran out the door. Everyone in the store is looking around like, "WTF?", and the male employee who was helping the manager lady said, "Was she driving? Tell me she's not in a car." The family had paid for and eaten most of their ice cream while standing there watching the whole thing. After we got our ice cream, my husband said he wondered if we were going to wind up in the background of the next "Karen" viral video.