Man Reminds People To Think Twice Before Judging Others After Being Screamed At For Wearing Mask
Not to be neggy, but hasn't this pandemic really brought out the worst in people?
From stockpiling to being rude to supermarket staff, it appears these unprecedented times are making some people forget common decency - and the latest 'trend' to come out of the crisis is behaviour shaming.
Sure, some actions are deserving of some side-eye - everyone agrees that if you're still popping over to your mates or taking every can of beans on the shelf, you're an idiot. But for the most part, it's wrong to pass judgement on things we don't know the details of.
Case in point is building porter Sergio Siano, who says he was "screamed" at for wearing a protective N95 respirator mask.
I just got screamed at for wearing an N-95 mask. The person said I'm being selfish because "they're for healthcare workers."
I'm a building porter, I have to touch over a hundred plastic trash bags every week. The virus can live on plastic for 3 days. I think I deserve the mask.
- Sergio Siano (@SergioJSiano) March 30, 2020
Tweeting about the incident, the New York worker said: "I just got screamed at for wearing an N-95 mask. The person said I'm being selfish because 'they're for healthcare workers.'
"I'm a building porter, I have to touch over a hundred plastic trash bags every week. The virus can live on plastic for 3 days. I think I deserve the mask."
Offering a shred of hope for humanity, his post was followed by thousands of supportive tweets, and people agreeing he should be allowed to wear a mask.
A friend was lectured for wearing a mask, by an enlightened person explaining only healthcare workers and immune compromised people should wear them.
She *is* immune compromised. There's a lot more immune compromised people than you realize.
Stop mask shaming.#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/F9N81LUXf9
- Stephen Punwasi (@StephenPunwasi) March 29, 2020
But 'mask shaming' isn't the only annoying way people are judging and patrolling others' behaviour amid coronavirus.
It comes as police forced in the UK report an increase in calls for people reporting their neighbours for breaking Covid-19 lock down rules.
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While 999 calls have fallen, calls to 101 have shot up with people reporting their neighbours for things like going on two runs a day - yes, really.
Nick Adderley, from Northamptonshire Police, told BBC: "We are getting calls from people who say 'I think my neighbour is going out on a second run - I want you to come and arrest them'.
"We have had dozens and dozens of these calls."
The officer also told the outlet the force has been getting reports of people complaining their neighbours are gathering in their back gardens.
"We won't have police officers crashing through garden fences to check the ID of everyone who is there to see whether they live at the house or whether they should be self-isolating," he said.
"We wouldn't want to discourage people from making us aware, but we have to set expectations. If people think we will be descending on these houses with blue lights, then we won't.
"But be under no illusion, we will be using these powers if necessary."
We know everyone is a bit on edge, but come on now, can we keep to our own business and just be thankful we're safe and well?
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