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Man Refuses to Wear Mask in Native American Reservation Store, Says Shirt Over Face is 'Mask'


A Wisconsin man repeatedly refused to wear or purchase a mask at a grocery store on a Native American reservation Monday. Instead, he attempted to convince employees his shirt offered enough protection against the spread of coronavirus.

The latest video of an American lashing out in anger over COVID-19 mask requirements depicts a shopper who is refusing to wear a mask or leave the LDF Country Market in Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin. The Old Abe Road store is in the Lake Superior Chippewa reservation area that is home to a large number of Ojibwe tribal bands. On Monday, the store on Tribal land was the scene of "an irate white man" pulling his shirt over his exposed stomach and telling store employees it was a sufficient facial covering. Video shows the man demanding to know the names of each store employee as they politely ask him to leave.

The LDF Country Market operations manager confirmed to Newsweek by phone on Tuesday that the man in the video was later removed after they called Tribal police. The manager said this was not the first time a customer had defiantly refused to wear a mask while shopping.


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