A maskless woman, dubbed as ‘Karen’ on Twitter, has been filmed coughing on shoppers in a grocery store in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The video has gone viral on Twitter where it has gained over 2.5 millions views at the time of publication.
Nebraska woman filmed coughing in a store
A woman allegedly shopping in a Super Saver store in Lincoln, Nebraska has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.
A social media user with the name Jessabird posted a video on Reddit on September 3rd, 2021, captioned: “Anti-Mask Karen Deliberately Coughing on me at South 27th Super Saver.” Jessabird, who was at the store with her 13-year-old daughter, alleged that the woman approached them and asked them why they were wearing a mask.
The maskless woman, who hasn’t been identified, can be seen laughing and smiling while repeatedly coughing in the store.
“Excuse me! I’m coming through. You guys are so cute,” she can be heard saying in the video. “I have allergies. Maybe I have a medical issue. I don’t need to wear a mask”.
More people have come across the viral clip after Twitter user @davenewworld_2 shared it. The video has amassed more than 2.5 million views at the time of writing.
Super Saver or Lincoln Police Department are yet to come forward with a statement about the incident.
The father of the child, who wasn’t at the store, shared the video on Twitter as well.
Twitter users react
People on Twitter have called out the maskless woman for her behaviour in the supermarket.
“I’m sorry this happened. No one deserves to be subjected to this level of insanity. I hope you filed a police report,” wrote one user under the father’s Twitter post.
Another person wrote: “I called the store HQ & shared this video & news articles that are already circulating. The woman I spoke with didn’t know anything about this & said she’ll look into it. Let’s see what they do. I informed her the video has gone viral and the story has been picked up nationally.”
Jon Cooper, who was National Finance Chair of Draft Biden 2016, and television host Joy-Ann Reid, are some of the people who have called out the woman on Twitter.
What are the rules in Lincoln, Nebraska?
According to the website of the City of Lincoln, Nebraska, people are required to wear masks in indoor places.
“The delta variant has caused a large increase in community transmission of COVID-19 in Lancaster County. It is important for everyone to help slow the spread of the virus by wearing masks indoors,” a message says on Lincoln city’s website.
“In Lincoln and Lancaster County, all owners and operators of any building, business, or premises, other than a residence, shall require all individuals to wear a face mask while indoors. Everyone two years of age and older must wear a mask in these indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status.
“If you are fully vaccinated, wearing a mask indoors gives you extra protection from getting infected. Fully vaccinated people are well protected from serious illness and death from COVID-19, including the delta variant. But we are seeing cases in vaccinated people, and they can infect others. This is why even if you are fully vaccinated, you are now required to wear a mask indoors. For masks to work properly, they need to completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face and around your nose. Your mask should be made with two or more layers of tightly woven, breathable material.”