The Irish Rover took to Facebook on Friday evening to shine a light on the 800-gorilla in the room.
Speaking personally, this sentence stands out: “We hate having to be the mask police.”
No kidding. If local and state government possessed an iota of cojones, and they don’t, then we’d have a bit of help via enforced mandates, and not have to take time from our own work to apply the government’s toothless edicts for it.
But that’s the reality of two-party political cowardice.
The Rover’s testimony is first, and then a link to a very useful article titled, “Why the libertarians are foolish about face masks.”
Business was pretty good today despite the weather, and we saw a lot of regulars, including some we hadn’t seen since the shutdown….a great day, right?
No. Today sucked.
Numerous guests ignored posted mask policy (including seating themselves without masks and creating a scene when asked to leave), and many refused to comply with polite requests to wear the masks when staff approached to serve them.
This isn’t about people who forget to put the masks on…we truly appreciate all of you who are trying to learn the new normal!
We’re talking about people who are openly defiant. Who stuff the mask into a pocket or zip it into a purse. Who laugh and say they’ll “try.”
We hate having to be the mask police. It’s exhausting (and costly…one table walked out cursing at us, and without paying for their drinks). But we are trying to protect the health of our staff and guests.
What’s really upsetting, though, is the complete lack of concern for the health of the people trying to serve you. It’s demoralizing and dehumanizing, and it’s really hurts.
We love the restaurant business, but this is soul crushing. And it has us wondering why we are working so hard to keep going.
There is an incident recounted on local social media that may or may not be true, but it perfectly captures the attitude we encountered so many times today:
A woman enters an empty coffee shop, and, when asked by the barista to put on a mask, she replies:
“Why? There’s no one here”
The article’s from the Financial Times, and you may not be able to read it without registering. In the event, allow my sole excerpt to tell the tale.
Why the libertarians are foolish about face masks, by Henry Mance (FT)
Wearing coverings is finally mandatory in England in shops as well as on public transport
Wearing a mask is an act of trust. It does not protect you — it protects others, and their masks protect you. The effect is likely to be small, but it is a sign of shared endeavour, an essential part of getting through this crisis. Just as no one is an atheist in a foxhole, no one is a libertarian in a pandemic.