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NBC outraged over maskless Florida supermarket-goers

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A video that was taken at a Florida grocery store this week has gone viral after many people in the clip were shown without wearing a mask.

NBC News correspondent Sam Brock entered the store looking to buy a sandwich and “came out with a story” after he captured footage inside of a Naples supermarket this week that has sparked outrage by the mainstream media.

Over 4 million people have viewed the clip since Brock posted it to his Twitter account Wednesday and over 20,000 replies have sparked debate whether masks should be enforced or not.

A “mask exemption” sign posted on the front door of the grocery store states that if customers have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they are exempt and employees cannot legally ask customers about the medical condition.

“Those in our lovely government have ordered all persons entering indoor facilities to wear a mask. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, you are exempt from this order. Due to HIPAA and the 4th Amendment we cannot legally ask you about your medical condition,” the sign reads.

The sign adds, “if we see you without a mask, we will assume you have a medical condition and we will welcome you inside to support our business.”

Grocery store owner, Alfie Oakes, told NBC’s “TODAY” show he does not believe masks work.

“I know the masks don’t work and I know the virus has not killed 400,00 people in this country,” Oakes said.

“That’s total hogwash,” he added. “Why don’t we shut the world down because of the heart attacks? Why don’t we lock down cities because of heart attacks?”

Oakes filed a federal lawsuit in November challenging the constitutionality of the Collier county’s mask order, the Naples Daily News reported.

Oakes alleged the mandate was being “selectively enforced” and claimed he was being targeted due to his political views, the newspaper reported.

Florida gov. Ron DeSantis said he will not impose a statewide mask mandate, however many Florida counties do have mask requirements. Under a Sept. 25 executive order by DeSantis, local governments are barred from assessing fines and penalties for noncompliance.

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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