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An Ugly Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked, Part 23

, , , , , | Right | March 24, 2022

My immunocompromised husband works for the library, which means working for fundraising events. Donors come in the evening, have some hors d’oeuvres, and hear a speaker or look at some rare/old materials pulled from the archives — and yes, that person holding the tray is a librarian!

During most of the health crisis, they’ve suspended in-person events like this, but recently they’ve started up a modified version with no food and a mask requirement.

At the first new event, most of the donors follow the rules, but one man walks in masked and then slips it off. And then, of course, he all but dares the staff to say something by walking up to them and starting up conversations. Finally:

Husband: *Coldly* “No.”

Donor: “What?”

Husband: “I’m not talking to you.”

Donor: “Excuse me? Why?”

Husband: “Because you aren’t wearing a mask!”

Donor: “Did you not hear that the governor is lifting the mask mandate—”

Husband: “Did you hear that the library is lifting its mask mandate? Because I get emails about every policy change like that, and I didn’t see one saying no more masks. If you got a message about it from the library that I missed, I would love to see it.”

Donor: “The other staff didn’t—”

Husband: “I don’t care what the other staff did. I’m not standing here inhaling everything that comes out of your mouth.”

This continues, the donor blustering and my husband staying firm and (let it be said) very unfriendly to this patron of the library.

My husband’s boss, a sweet old woman in her seventies, comes over to see what the hubbub is.

Boss: “What’s going on here? Why are you talking to him like that?”

Husband: “This guy keeps pulling his mask off when he thinks you aren’t looking.”

She turns to the donor.

Boss: “Put on the f****** mask.”

Related:
An Ugly Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked, Part 22
An Ugly Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked, Part 21
An Ugly Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked, Part 20
An Ugly Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked, Part 19
An Ugly Side Of Society Has Been Unmasked, Part 18

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