He Berated Shoppers at Costco for a Face Mask Comment. Now, Repercussions

Marco Green
July 9, 2020

A video of the incident was posted to Twitter on Monday night by filmmaker Billy Corben.

One of the customers targeted by the man reportedly said Costco handled the incident well: "To give Costco the credit, they escorted him out and made me wait inside and monitored him until he left and then they send someone with me to the vehicle to make sure I'm okay". The latest one, apparently filmed more than one week ago at a Costco in Fort Myers, Florida, showed a man in a red "Running the World Since 1776" t-shirt screaming that he "felt threatened" as he approached the purported source of the threat.

The person filming is heard telling him, "you're coming close to me", with Mr Maples responding "back up, threaten me again".

Maples starts advancing toward the camera while continuing to scream, "Back off! Put your f-- phone down!" before walking away.

"To protect our members and employees, effective May 4, all Costco members and guests must wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times while at Costco", Craig Jelinek, the president and CEO of Costco Wholesale, said.

Corben said the man was escorted by Costco employees out of the store, located at the Gulf Coast Town Center in Fort Myers.

The video, which has been retweeted almost 40,000 times, eventually found its way to Tedd Todd Insurance CEO Charley Todd, who addressed the situation on Twitter. "We are working with Allstate to release a statement shortly".

"Thank you to everyone for their comments and messages raising awareness about a former employee at Ted Todd Insurance", a statement to the Facebook of the company read.

They said the behavior is in direct conflict with the company values.

The company asked for any "further feedback" to be sent to its Human Resources email address, adding, "Threatening behavior and intimidation go against our core mission to be trusted advisors in our community".

In May, a Costco worker was lauded online for his handling of an encounter with a customer who recorded himself berating the worker and refusing to wear a mask.

Florida has witnessed an alarming recent uptick in coronavirus cases.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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