Our distancing and safety measures only work if we ‘enforce’ them with the ‘boorists’ in our community.
On Sunday in Canadian Tire I came across two sets of customers not wearing masks. No one on the staff challenged them as they shopped.
I politely asked the first man who strode right past me, where was his mask. He answered, “I’m exempt.” I had to take that at face value.
Then, two young Quebec men stood within a metre of me at the check-out. They had pulled T-shirts over their mouths and let them drop. I asked them the same question in French.
At first they shrugged and pointed to the soccer ball they were buying. Then I asked again. They answered they were just there for a few moments. I explained as politely as I could they were placing me in danger and that wasn’t acceptable. At that, one man left the store. The other put on his black mask and waited in line, at a better distance. I thanked him.
As I pushed a cart to my car, the first young man almost reversed his into me. I had to jump out of the way. Then the second one hopped in, and they roared off, cutting in front of another car.
So speak up but beware!