Dear Angry lady at Coborn's,

Coborn's new mask policy went into effect on Monday. Everyone is now required to wear a mask while shopping inside of their stores. The policy excludes children five years and under as well as people with health conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask. They are just one of MANY stores in the area that require masks.

In fact, St. Cloud just passed a temporary ordinance that requires people inside public buildings to wear a mask. The penalty for violating the ordinance is a warning and then a possible fine of up to $250.

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I had to make a quick trip into the Pine Cone Road store on Monday. I completely forgot about the new policy, but was reminded upon walking into the store's entry. There was a huge sign displayed letting customers know the drill. I'll admit, I was in a hurry so I didn't have time to stop and read through the whole thing. I was also with my two-year-old.

I grabbed my items, went through checkout and headed back out the door. That's when I saw it...the "situation".

There was an employee standing at the door next to you, an older woman who clearly, judging by your words, was upset about the policy. The employee informed you of the policy and asked you to put a mask on. That's when you lost it. You said a few choice words before going off on the employee about how you don't 'live in Russia'. I was in a hurry out the door, so I didn't stick around to see how things ended.

Listen, this isn't a political post--even though I recognize that it definitely feels like masks have become political. I understand why you were upset. I get it. I'm not advocating either way and I'm not going to let you know how I feel about masks personally because my views really don't matter in the grand scheme of things.

I understand your argument for not wearing a mask. I also understand the argument of those who are upset with you for not wearing a mask. I have a Facebook page. I've read through the angry comments and arguments on both sides of the fence.

My thinking is, all masks aside, we need to be kind to each other. Especially to people who are just doing their job and not actually responsible for the decision making.

I'm guessing that this particular Coborn's employee didn't make the policy, can't change the policy and...who knows, maybe totally agrees with your stance...or maybe doesn't. Who is to say?

What I do know is, he was trying to make a paycheck like the rest of us. So, instead of taking out your anger on someone who doesn't deserve it, let's all try to be respectful to one another.

I'm not suggesting that you can't or shouldn't complain about it if you feel the need to. I am just suggesting you take your complaints to those who have actual decision making power. Let's be nice, kind and respectful to people who are just there to earn some income.

Sincerely,
Ash