Brutal bullies

People are ready for 2020 to be over as COVID-19 threw the world for a loop and made everyone’s lives that much harder to live. With a vaccine on the horizon people are ready to close this chapter of life and move on but while we wait we have a lot of rules to follow to keep safe. Most follow the rules but some don't as has been proven by the recent trend in all health authorities, especially in the Lower Mainland.

Up here, most people adhere to the rules put in place by social distancing, using hand sanitizer and wearing masks. There is a portion of the population however that rebel against the mandatory health orders and show defiance in their own way through social media, signs posted on their properties and vehicles and defying public health orders in public like not wearing a mask or not social distancing.

As has been reported by news outlets and social media sites, some of these people show their defiance through violence and anger and I have seen it here in town. Until the mandatory mask order came down, it was left up to stores and cities to regulate masking up and it was rarely enforced. Now that is an order, people who don't like masks or believers in anti-government and so on are showing their displeasure through anger and violence. I have seen people yell at staff, spit on them, push them and even threaten to harm them all because they are required to wear a mask and in case you're wondering it happens a lot in town daily. 

Talk about being petty and insecure to the point you yell and threaten a minimum wage worker who has no choice but to enforce the rules and along comes you who has to make a fuss and often make the staff member cry or feel belittled by you. Also it is not any particular age group that does this, although the under 30s and over 60s seem to be more vocal about voicing their displeasure at the rules. 

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Way to go. I hope it made your day to bully someone who is just doing their job and complying with the mandatory health orders all in the name of making it safe for you to shop.

Dean Soiland
Prince George

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