The ongoing saga of people losing their entire minds over the concept of wearing a mask in public in the middle of the deadliest pandemic in 100 years, took a new turn on Tuesday.
A woman who was asked to wear a mask in a store defended her choice to not do so by claiming to be a doctor. Never mind, of course, that actual doctors everywhere are begging people to wear a mask.
This doctor knows the real science—or so she claims in a video that has gone viral, anyway.
Woman in Florida claiming to be a doctor violates Costco's mask policy while her mother blinks the word "HELP" in m… https://t.co/ChIqHs2PlQ— Fifty Shades of Whey (@Fifty Shades of Whey)1594169941.0
The incident took place in a Costco store in—you guessed it, Florida—where the virus causing the pandemic has been surging for weeks.
In the video, a man confronts a woman about her choice to not wear a mask inside the store, which is against Costco's company-wide policy. She is holding two masks in her hands, but refuses to put them on. The woman's elderly mother is also unmasked.
As the man points out her violation of the policy, the woman takes a condescending, mocking tone in response.
"Yes, call the police... Shame me, like an a**. Go ahead, get out of here."
She then makes a kissy face at the man and smiles.
The man then asks an employee to call a manager, and the woman changes tactics—she claims she hasn't yet had time to put on her mask. She then scolds the man for shaming people and asks him if he understands science.
It's when the man answers in the affirmative that the woman condescendingly claims to be a medical professional.
"I'm a DOCTOR, okay? I am. And my father was too. And WE know what to DO about this."
When the man asks to see her credentials, she flips him the bird.
The woman's behavior drew wide criticism on Twitter.
@davenewworld_2 My god it never stops— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼)1594180831.0
@davenewworld_2 @FLOTUSisabirthr Another Costco Karen. White ladies need to STAY HOME.— Kitty Kowalski ReSister (@Kitty Kowalski ReSister)1594170834.0
@davenewworld_2 @Realmommabear Why do they always have these smug looks on their faces.— Brenda M-P (@Brenda M-P)1594177930.0
@davenewworld_2 @paola56655157 This should be a straight 5150 hold— J (@J)1594170394.0
@davenewworld_2 You had me at Florida— Lina Paola🗽🍕🧑🏻🎨💪🏻 (@Lina Paola🗽🍕🧑🏻🎨💪🏻)1594170092.0
@RexChapman @davenewworld_2 Costco is a magnet for this crap. Idiocy in bulk.— A.J. Perez (@A.J. Perez)1594181090.0
Mask it or casket, Karen. https://t.co/tJSozP54HD— Private Joker, USMC (@Private Joker, USMC)1594213973.0
And people were not impressed by this "doctor's" supposed medical expertise.
@davenewworld_2 I’m gonna guess... and this is just a guess, she isn’t a doctor— Josh Hollingsworth (@Josh Hollingsworth)1594170404.0
@Retsofmada Ben Carson separated Siamese twins and I wouldn’t even ask him for an Advil— Fifty Shades of Whey (@Fifty Shades of Whey)1594182024.0
And by doctor she means a PhD in essential oils and crystal healing. https://t.co/0GrC7aQ8C1— Two Hands One Cup (@Two Hands One Cup)1594170117.0
@RawStory She’s a “doctor”. https://t.co/lYiZTI0Zuf— 🌊The So-Called AJ #WearADamnMask ☸️🌎❄️ (@🌊The So-Called AJ #WearADamnMask ☸️🌎❄️)1594250324.0
She's a 'doctor'. She studied medicine at Pendejo U. https://t.co/6M30VXWGvD— Pitt Griffin (@Pitt Griffin)1594221604.0
Florida currently has the second-worst pandemic outbreak in the country, behind only Arizona. The state had over 7,300 virus cases the day this video hit the internet; that number has risen above 10,000 24 hours later.