The mayor of Todmorden has called for people to be ‘kind’ after a 92-year-old woman was challenged for wearing a mask by a customer in Morrisons last week.
Councillor Pat Taylor took to Facebook and said: “I was made aware of an incident in one of our stores last week where an older lady was verbally challenged by a stranger for still wearing a mask whilst shopping.
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“She was told that she didn’t need a mask any more, in a manner that left her feeling distressed and nervous to go out again.
“Whatever our feelings on mask wearing, the last thing we should be doing is challenging others in a way that makes them feel vulnerable.
“ Todmorden is a tolerant town with a strong community spirit, so let’s not forget that and let’s be kind to one another.”
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Martin Drazen posted about the incident on Twitter, tagging the supermarket chain, and said: “My 92 year old mother in law was accosted by a non-mask wearing customer telling her she didn’t need a mask anymore.
“Angry and distressed she left the store and won’t return. Shame on you for allowing this to happen in your store.”
A spokesman for Morrisons said the firm had spoken to staff at the Todmorden branch, but they weren’t made aware of this taking place.
They said: “We have a zero tolerance policy to abuse or anti-social behaviour in our stores.”
The mandatory use of masks came to an end on Monday, on ‘Freedom Day’, yet many people still opt to wear face coverings in shops and other indoor settings.
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