D.J. Neeley | Civil Patriot
I thought I’d seen everything. (I keep saying that.) But one of the most recent stories out of my home state has hopping mad.
First, the backstory. Our Governor, Greg Abbott, recently lifted the mask mandate in Texas. That means that no Texan can be forced to wear a mask against his or her will. Keep that in mind as I share the following story.
A 65-year-old woman named Terry White went into her bank in Galveston, Texas to withdraw money from her account. She knew the bank’s “policy” (emphasis on “policy,” not “law”) that their customers should still mask up, in spite of the Governor’s order. She wasn’t having it.
The woman was approached by a police officer donning a body camera, demanding she put on a mask. She refused.
“Ma’am, if they ask you to leave, you have to leave,” the officer is heard instructing White off-camera after he approaches her in line.
“My money’s in this bank, and I’m going to take it out,” she informs him.
“Well, then you have to abide by the rules,” he says, and then adds: “Businesses have the right to refuse service, even if you’re not wearing a mask.”
“That’s why I’m taking my money out,” the woman explains.
“Awesome,” the officer responds. “Well, you need to go and get a mask and then take your money out.”
When she continues to protest, the officer tells her, “Ma’am, listen, we’re gonna do this the easy way or the hard way.”
“What are you going to do, arrest me?” White asks him.
He responds: “Yes, for intruding on premises.”
“The law says that I do not have to wear a mask.” (She isn’t kidding!)
“You do not in public,” he informs her. “But you’re not in public. … This is not a public place. This is a private business.”
At that point, things went straight downhill. Before everything was over, the senior citizen was on the floor, cuffed up.
The four-minute encounter was recorded in vivid detail.
(video courtesy @youtube)
I’m troubled by all of it, but the part where he demands she get up off the floor while cuffed? It has me boiling mad. I’m trying to envision my mom, who’s about that same age, trying to get up off of a floor while cuffed. It’s impossible, as the woman attempts to explain.
This is just the beginning, folks. I foresee many more stories like this breaking in the coming days as businesses refuse to give Texans the freedoms they’ve been promised by the governor.
A friend tells a similar story. She went to a well-known upscale store to shop for groceries a few days after the mandate was lifted. She was told to mask up, but refused. When she turned to leave, the clerk at the door had second thoughts and told her she could stay. . .if she submitted to a round of questioning and a temperature check. She did as she was asked and was allowed to shop without the mask.
But, really? Is this how it’s going to be? And, for how long? I can’t help but think that most will continue to do as their told because they’re too frightened to stir the waters.
Scary, ain’t it?