Self-pity disguised as patriotism....
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Best comment I've seen in regards to Costco requiring face masks on May 4th! Or ANYWHERE requiring face-masks for that matter!
Posted by Craig Jaeger....
“I can’t. I just can’t. I just logged on... and the first thing my eyes saw was a post about Costco requiring patrons to wear a mask or other face covering starting next week. There were over SIX HUNDRED comments with (people) having an absolute meltdown. I mean... I’m dumbfounded. Like boycotting/cancelling memberships/pouting/foot stomping meltdown. So, I’m just going to give my friends fair warning. I’ve had enough with this trend of self-pity disguised as patriotism.
You don’t need to be a doctor, or a scientist, or an expert or anything else on this particular issue. You just need to be able to see in front of your nose.
Things to consider before you clutch your pearls, stomp off indignantly, or get a case of the vapors over this intolerable assault on your human rights... just to shop at Costco.
You are not the center of the universe.
Nor am I.
Our supply chain is struggling. Retailers are spread CRAZY thin and can not handle more of their staff being out sick or quarantined if they can help it.
Hourly retail workers have parents and children and spouses who are medically fragile. And they simply want to work in the safest possible environment. I know, HOW DARE THEY!
Costco in particular has a long history of paying its employees a better wage than any competitors, and provides really solid benefits. They are probably a company worth supporting.
Your medically fragile friends and neighbors can stay home to a point. They do need to eat. They do need to pick up prescriptions. No one is asking you to wear a mask at a night club. Of course medically fragile people don’t NEED to be at a nightclub. They DO need to get groceries and prescriptions.
No business owner wants to end up being sued when an essential retail worker gets sick or infects a bunch of people. Because let’s face it, the government’s promises to handle the financial impacts of this hasn’t exactly panned out for businesses so far.
There are far bigger assaults on one’s 'freedom' and autonomy. Did you know that many adult women can’t get their tubes tied without their partner’s written consent? Abortion bans. Child trafficking. Discrimination of age, gender, religion. And so on and so forth, Blink. Blink. Blink.
Just imagine the amount of privilege and comfort one must live in to be so insulted or tortured by what is, at worst, a mild inconvenience.
So, before you get all Scarlet O’hara, just stop. Ask yourself if of allllll the battles to pick in this whole wide word right now, this....THIS...is going to be the cross you choose to bear.
Maybe this is all for nothing. Maybe face coverings aren’t as efficient, or fool proof, or comfortable as we’d like. But, you aren’t being tortured or oppressed. Do those hard working supply chain workers a solid and get over yourself.
And before I see one more smug, “Well they better be handing masks out at the door then”; You’re also required to wear a shirt and shoes into stores, but no one‘s going to provide that for you either.
Ask yourself why you, a retail shopper deserve a handout from Costco. I mean you’ve eaten $5000 worth of free samples there in your lifetime anyway. We are asking many of our healthcare workers to wear bandanas and t-shirts as masks. You aren’t above it. There are school children all over this country who are sewing masks to give away. If a 7 year old can be a decent person and choose to make the world a little more comfortable or safe, then so can you.
This isn’t a Burger King drive-through, and no we can’t have it our way. This disease, infection, pandemic, whatever you wanna call it, doesn’t give a darn about you or me. Doesn’t give a heck about black, white, short, tall, age, gender. It’s not our battle to dictate.
The bottom line is, don’t be a jerk. Just put a mask on your self centered, mouth breathing face and let the greeter see the smile in our eyes as we head off to buy our cases of bottled water, pool floats, 10 pound bags of Cheetos, bulk items and cheap premixed margaritas. You’ll be fine.”