Employee suspended after pepper-spraying customer who refused to wear face mask

Tarrah Gibbons
July 26, 2020 - 3:15 pm
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    A supermarket employee was suspended after she pepper-sprayed a man who refused to wear a face mask.

    CBS Los Angeles reported that the Ralphs supermarket employee allegedly said the customer rammed her with a shopping cart preceding the incident.

    On July 15, it was reported that the employee approached the man at the store in Central Los Angeles. The employee told the man he had to wear a face mask or leave the business.

    According to the report, the customer rammed the employee with his shopping cart. In response, “she pepper-sprayed him and called the police.”

    The incident was recorded in a cellphone video. A witness in the supermarket said they saw the man causing chaos in the store.

    “There was this guy just yelling at someone, and then all of a sudden you see him, you know, take the handles of his cart and just try to ram this woman,” the witness said.

    The report stated that the man was taken to a local hospital. Officials did not confirm whether or not the customer will face any charges.

    A company spokesperson said, “The associate was suspended for five days for not following company guidelines on responding to customers not wearing a face covering and not following de-escalation procedures, which could have prevented the incident.”

    On July 22, Ralphs announced that all stores would require customers to wear face coverings.

    “We are taking this extra step now because we recognize additional precautions are needed to protect our country,” the company said in a statement on their website.

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