Wearing A Mask

A Rant: I wear a mask when performing gas station shops because:

1 I care about not getting this virus
2 I care about other people possibly getting this virus from me if I'm asymptomatic
3 Our health agencies ask us to do so
4 It is required by the MSC and I am asked on the debrief afterwards if I did so.

I say this because it is not a political statement, nor am I signaling my support for one political party over another.

Since returning to mystery shopping I've worn a mask while performing shops and have been angrily confronted too many times to count of being a "snowflake", a stupid "C$%#", a "B@#$%", an effing (insert your choice of expletive noun), a C#$%tard, a D@mn Democrat, and so on and so on.
I am used to being yelled at while taking my pump photos, etc, but it has gotten crazy stupid.
I've tried to explain (in the very beginning) that I'm required to do so by the employer. They don't care what I say! Now, I just go on my way, ignoring them.

BTW, the amount had dropped off . Then, after November and especially after last week, it became worse.

I just ignore them, best as I can.

I am just very saddened by all of this anger and hostility.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/15/2021 09:42PM by French Farmer.

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Jihadist American style. That is what is happening to our nation. People are becoming radicalized instead of rational. It is saddening. Many people are required to wear mask while working. Doctors, nurses, grocery store employees, bankers, the list goes on. I wonder if those people who call you names do the same every time they walk into a store, bank, or doctors office. Nobody should have to deal with that abuse. What state are you in? I do those gas shops all the time. In fact, that's almost the only kind of shop I do because it is mostly done outdoors.
I haven't been confronted, but I'm not one to back down. In fact, I tend to go at someone like that with both barrels. Since learning Spanish 30 years ago, I find my linguistic agility to be superb, and pull lots of cutting phrases out of my back pocket. So I would hate to have that happen.

That said, If I'm performing a mystery shop, I would be circumspect. I would mind my manners since I'm working.

Do not read so much, look about you and think of what you see there.
Richard Feynman-- letter to Ashok Arora, 4 January 1967, published in Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track (2005) p. 230


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/15/2021 11:56PM by whosear.
Living in a COVID hotspot, I double mask whenever I go out. The MSC's haven't given me a hard time over it. Wish I could say the same about some others when out and about ...
@French Farmer wrote:


I am just very saddened by all of this anger and hostility.

I too am very saddened and I certainly wish I had an answer as to how those who have been led by their fears and frustrations through a litany of lies fomented by this president to this state can be brought back to reasonable cooperation and civil discourse.
Better or worse than the concerned citizens who think you shouldn’t be taking pictures at a gas station? Self appointed security. Oh, they’re probably the same people.
That's very surprising. I believe I work near the same areas as you (Iowa, Nebraska), also doing gas stations, and I have never, ever had anything like that happen at all. What I get is older men trying to be funny and saying "do you want to take my picture, too?" That has happened literally hundreds of times. And old men always want to know what I'm doing, but I never encounter any hostility in the thousands and thousands of gas station audits completed.

@French Farmer wrote:

A Rant: I wear a mask when performing gas station shops because:

1 I care about not getting this virus
2 I care about other people possibly getting this virus from me if I'm asymptomatic
3 Our health agencies ask us to do so
4 It is required by the MSC and I am asked on the debrief afterwards if I did so.

I say this because it is not a political statement, nor am I signaling my support for one political party over another.

Since returning to mystery shopping I've worn a mask while performing shops and have been angrily confronted too many times to count of being a "snowflake", a stupid "C$%#", a "B@#$%", an effing (insert your choice of expletive noun), a C#$%tard, a D@mn Democrat, and so on and so on.
I am used to being yelled at while taking my pump photos, etc, but it has gotten crazy stupid.
I've tried to explain (in the very beginning) that I'm required to do so by the employer. They don't care what I say! Now, I just go on my way, ignoring them.

BTW, the amount had dropped off . Then, after November and especially after last week, it became worse.

I just ignore them, best as I can.

I am just very saddened by all of this anger and hostility.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/16/2021 08:13PM by mjt9598.
I'm somewhat surprised too. Then again, I am very conservative, would never let my mask slip down over my nose, or enter any establishment and remove my mask. And I'm not a hypocrite either. You won't find me in a mob, protesting, being part of the cancel culture, virtue signaling, etc. So there goes the typical labeling. smiling smiley
Even though there is no actual evidence that masking prevents the spread of covid-19, I wear a mask during regular job, gigs, and forays into public places for personal purposes. I do not confront other people for wearing or not wearing masks because they have the legal right to choose or not choose this form of medical treatment. I also do not incur much risk in the way that I live. Is it the masks more than the low risks, or vice versa, that work well for me in the covid era?

Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.- Al Bernstein
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I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. - Ronald Reagan
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Since there is a mask mandate in every state I shop in, someone not wearing a mask in public does not have a legal right to make that choice any more than they have a legal right to remain in a store that has a “no shirt no shoes no service” policy. I would never confront somebody on a shop. I recently had to maneuver around some nose-displaying people at Five Guys who bizarrely decided to camp out at the table where I’d left my obviously fresh food while I was using the restroom. While in public on my own dime and time I’ve occasionally “reminded” a supermarket bagger in a friendly tone to cover their nose. I really hate bothering them since Covid and rude customers make it such a high stress job, but I’m spending a good 5-10 minutes in proximity to them.
I wear a mask on shops because the MSC requires it.

When I'm not on an assignment, if I'm entering a store and realize my mask is still in the car, I'm too freaking lazy to go back and get it. If I enter and am told I need a mask, I go get it (or, more likely, just leave -- like I said, I'm lazy! )

I went into Walmart the other day (felt like a quarter mile walk through the parking lot!), and forgot my mask. The "greeter" was standing beside a lectern loaded with hand sanitizer and free masks. I chatted with him for a while. When he started the job, he was told to tell people without masks to take a free one; he was reviled and insulted so much, he went to management and said he couldn't take it. They told him to "offer" a mask, not "tell" them to take one. Even that was fraught. So now he says absolutely nothing, to anyone, unless the customer speaks first. There is a sign on the door that sternly warns one may not enter without a mask.

Employees were masked, the vast majority of customers, no.

Poor fella.
That 'no evidence' statement is an example of the lies that have been promulgated by action and word. It belongs in the 'myth bucket' with the claims that motorcycle helmets do not protect the riders and seat belts do not protect passengers in cars and that vaccines cause autism and are dangerous. When asking that folks comply to take care of themselves and others, it obviously was not enough. Enacting laws was required and compliance is still not insured. In our community last year we lost about a dozen kids who were not belted into cars and a number of motorcyclists who crashed without helmets. None of us like to be told what we can and cannot do, but few of these things are intrusive enough on our everyday lives that they constitute a real burden. Are you going to have a car crash every time you drive without a seat belt? Obviously not, but if you are in a crash and are kept safely inside the protective frame of the car, that is worth a whole lot of seat belt clicks. Will I get covid when I don't wear a mask? Probably not, if I am observing other precautions. The extra layer of protection from covid is worth the inconvenience and I realize that even after I get the vaccine I should continue wearing a mask so that I don't possibly spread the virus as an asymptomatic spreader.
Just to be clear; my gas station shops have been in Minnesota, Wisconsin and occasionally, Illinois (when visiting friends, etc).
A lot of the hostility seems to be in rural areas, but not all - I've received it in busy, more suburban and cities.
Is it because I wear my mask for the entire shop, inside as well as outside?
I don't know.

OTOH, I've been yelled at for parking in some elderly gentleman's spot (he said it was where he always parked and told me to get my A$$ out of there!).
I've been approached after taking a photo of the pump with, "What the EF are you taking a picture of B!@#$?"

Once, a big guy got out of his truck and asked why i was taking a photo of his truck. "No," I said, "I have to take photos of the pumps!"

All of this, even while wearing my safety vest. For the Yellow gas stations and the Green too, it was a little easier because I had the nametag. With the Blue, yikes!

I must look very threatening? Or, are people just that Angry?
I always wear a mask even when I'm not doing a job. I am high risk due to health problems.
I have been called a "sheep" several times, once by a kid about 11 years old. I just ignore them.
In my state they left it up to the counties to have a mask regulation or not. The large counties have it, but the small counties don't.
I did a lot of gas station shops in October and November in an area outside my ususal range. I was used to some people not wearing masks inside, but in this area is was unusual to see anyone wearing one. I wore mine every time. I didn't get any hostility, except for one clerk who complained when I asked her to turn on the outside lights. I could tell her hostility was really because of my mask. Those routes had me nervous, but I needed the money. I hadn't planned on voting that November, but that experience made me scared enough to do so.
This is surprising to me. Everyone around here wears a mask. You can't go in anywhere without one and many folks wear them on the streets as well. It's unusual to see anyone without a mask. I guess it depends on where you live. Then there's the good 'ole USPS where a lot of the times the clerk has his/her/their mask under his/her/their chin. I always put it in the report.

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I wear a mask because I strive to behave as I was raised - to care about other people. As I don't know if I could be an asymptomatic carrier I am happy to not potentially expose someone else to a deadly disease. Even though it is required in my state, unlike some I didn't need a law to convince me to wear a mask, the scientific evidence was enough. How sad that others need a legal incentive to do the right thing! I was also just thinking the other day how much nicer it is wearing a mask and not inhaling gasoline fumes all day long! I also enjoyed walking past Lush and Abercrombie and Fitch while in the Mall and not being lightheaded from the overpowering scent...
Not quite so. There is a strong presumption regarding masks that seems reasonable. The most useful of all masking information might be related to some tests of mask systems in simulated setting. According to that, some masks and filtering systems might be more effective in blocking covid-19 than others do. There is no evidence whatsoever that masks in place are clean, that people handling them are doing so with clean hands, etc. Seeing a mask that happens to be filthy might reassure someone and contribute to a placebo effect. After all, covid-19 does not stain the masks, so the absence of stains or spots on a mask does not mean that a mask is free of covid-19 or other transmittable crud.

Nonetheless, I wear a fresh disposable mask for each public event (work or personal occasion). This means I use several masks per day on some days. How clean or fresh are all the masks we see as we look around our world?

@Flash wrote:

That 'no evidence' statement is an example of the lies that have been promulgated by action and word. .

Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.- Al Bernstein
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I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. - Ronald Reagan
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/17/2021 10:09AM by Shop-et-al.
I was asked one time if I had never seen a gas dispenser before when taking pictures. I never wear a mask outside as I have been told that as long as you stay 6 feet away you do not need one and I hate them.
No. Sad. Just. Sad. More and more people should speak out more and more when "science" and "evidence" are revered blindly and misused brazenly. Evidence and science are not born overnight. Just now, time is needed for sorting out all the old and new covid-related information and learning as much as possible over time. This would help the current and future generations more than petty online behaviors can. It is not necessary to push masks at the expense of reasonableness. It is not necessary to [hypocritically?] allege hate when a simple disagreement would suffice. Thank you.

@KokoBWare wrote:

Wow. Just wow.

Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.- Al Bernstein
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I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. - Ronald Reagan
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My mask is filthy.

I know, because I've been wearing it for months. It looks fine, of course -- but we cannot see e. coli, or cold viruses, or flu viruses, or any other virus.

smiling smiley
@sparklesthekitty wrote:

What state is this? City? Nuts.
Idaho
The state legislature has just started back up and they have already started a bill to take emergency powers away from the Governor and remove the covid restrictions that he has in place.Like the number of people at gatherings, allowing bars to let people stand, instead of sitting at tables,removing any restrictions on distancing in bars,restaurants,etc..
They basically want everything back to what it was before the pandemic started. They are ignoring what all the health officials saying will happen, if we go back to no rules.
The Other Day I was doing a Best Buy Mystery Shop.. On the building and the door it said mask are required to enter the building. I had my mask and shield on and the "Greeter" said if I need any help to let them know. He also thanked me for having both of them on.

As I was leaving, I saw two people enter without mask. The greeter at the front door was offering them an mask
@ceasesmith wrote:

My mask is filthy.

I know, because I've been wearing it for months. It looks fine, of course -- but we cannot see e. coli, or cold viruses, or flu viruses, or any other virus.

smiling smiley

OMG What? It needs to be washed every time you use it for a day, just like underwear. Barf.
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