Why this Costco worker is being called a hero

Costco check out shoppers

Costco check out shoppers

The Costco employee, named Tison, asked the man to put on a face mask but he refused to comply, saying he woke up in a "free country".

As per the company's policy, staff and customers must wear face masks and practice social distancing while in store, but one shopper didn't agree with the rules, and filmed his run-in with the employee. It also won't be the last, but Tison probably deserves to be featured in a Costco instructional video for how to stay cool and in charge when confrontations like these start to escalate. You need to leave.

The incident highlights the stark reality that many retail workers face as they attempt to enforce store rules and public health guidelines.

The man whose shopping cart taken created a video response to the Costco altercation, which Mediaite said was deleted from Reddit - but the clip lived on elsewhere.

In the video, Tison can be seen speaking directly to the customer's camera, addressing not only the customer, but any social media followers who might see the footage.

"He's a p**sy little bitch", the customer proceeded to rant.

Speaking on Wednesday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Theresa Tam explained, "If you're wearing it, you're protecting other people against your droplets".

With that Tison takes the customer's cart away: "Sir, have a great day". "We should be moving forward as a country", he added.

Tison the Costco employee
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As of May 4, Costco has required all of its members to wear masks when shopping in its stores to protect both workers and customers' safety, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation. After the customer interrupts him to say "I'm not doing it".

After Tison's post revealing his maskless face, he seemingly became an instant celebrity on Twitter.

Tison replied from his Twitter account, saying, "People of Twitter thank you for all of the support".

Costco has been contacted for additional comment.

He added: "I was just trying to protect our employees and our members".

Busy Philips wrote: "Tison".

"I am very concerned that this summer, as temperatures rise, we will see a noteworthy increase in short tempers moving from verbal to physical".

Costco's president and CEO, Craig Jelinek, explains the warehouse chain's mask policy in a letter addressed to members posted on the company's website.

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