This week, a video that showed a woman screaming about mask mandates and Black Lives Matter in a Starbucks went viral on Twitter. In the video, a customer can be seen at the counter with a mask pulled down below her chin. The recording begins when the woman is mid-sentence, speaking to 19-year-old barista Alex Beckom.
“When you talk to me like that, I know it’s because you’re discriminating against me because I’m a Trump supporter,” the customer says. “F— Black Lives Matter. I need a straw.”
Beckom hands her a straw. The customer asks for sugar, which Beckom gets for her as well. As Beckom hands the customer the sugar, she says, “The next time you come in, I need you to keep a mask on.”
Then, the customer raises her voice, saying it’s not the law and it’s a hoax. She yells, “This is America. I don’t have to do what you say! Trump 2020!”
The woman begins to walk out of the store after Beckom asks her to leave, but not before shouting, “F— Black Lives Matter!”
The women working at Starbucks asked the lady In blue very nicely to keep her mask on as she was serving her. Lady in the blue got very angry and started screaming “Fuck Black Lives Matter” pic.twitter.com/550VWurhq1— John David Glaude (@obese_to_beast) October 18, 2020
“Even the president got [COVID-19], so I don’t understand how now it’s something that’s turned into such a them or me situation when it should be everyone coming together to make sure we all don’t get sick or get hurt,” Beckom told NBC News.
The woman, currently unidentified, is hardly the first person to go viral with a mask freakout video. In fact, countless people have gone viral online because they refused to wear a mask — and had a public freak out over it. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top public freakouts from mask naysayers of the pandemic.
WARNING: Typical of these mask freakout videos, explicit language is present in the following clips.