The incident took place after Costco implemented a new policy that requires all employees and customers to wear facemasks in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
He is immediately interrupted by the customer who, turning the camera on himself, said he refused to wear a mask because he "woke up in a free country".
The customer resumes recording the employee, who then takes the man's shopping cart and says, "Have a great day", as he wheels it away. Garrett can be seen holding his camera phone up to Tison, stating "I'll just put you on my 3,000-follower Instagram feed". The UFCW says a man who worked at a King Soopers for more than 30 years died of COVID-19 and the store he worked at had 11 cases of the virus among employees. You are no longer welcome here in our warehouse. "Thank you very much", the manager says, and as he walks away with the cart, the man curses him.
"He's going to take the cart away", the customer says.
"There he is walking away with all my stuff", the customer continues. "I'm not a f**king sheep".
"Yes. It's a free country". The employee did not immediately return a request for an interview.
(Another Reddit user claimed it was "downvoted into oblivion", prompting the shopper to remove it.) Despite this, the video has been captured and reposted on other social media accounts, including that of the ONLY iN LVNV Twitter account, where it has amassed 5.2 million views as of Wednesday morning.
The clip James posted has been getting a ton of attention, and it appears comments are decidedly in favor of the Costco employee.
A defiant Costco shopper filmed himself being booted from the big-box retailer for refusing to wear a face covering - and now the Costco employee who kicked him out is being praised on social media. Another said, "Same kind of people that don't understand a certain "S" word but use the library, call the police and fire dept when they need to, have streets and sanitation maintained, send their kids to public schools, and took the $1200 from their president", while one more Tison support mused, "he stands there wearing shirt & shoes". In short, we believe this is the right thing to do under the current circumstances.