Have you been asked to mask up by a retailer? Take your money somewhere else.

5 Feb
I love these red, white and blue potatoes, they look just like the morning sky outside my kitchen window.

I read a letter in the paper yesterday from a woman who complained about being “forced” to mask up at Costco. I had a similar, very weird experience at a chain store I patronize, and I was so pissed about it, I told my husband I wasn’t going to shop there anymore.

I shop at a restaurant supply store on Mangrove because the prices are good and they have items that aren’t available everywhere else. For example, they carry a 10 lb bag of brown basmati rice that is better than any rice I’ve ever had, and a lot more reasonably priced than the local stuff. They have good produce in bigger quantities – such as the lovely fingerling potatoes featured up top – and their lettuce and berries and even bagged apples are consistently better or at least comparable to those I find at discount grocery stores. They even have house-hold goods at cheaper prices – got a broom $2 cheaper than Home Depot. I find you have to shop around if you want to be able to afford the Chico lifestyle.

When we started shopping there a few years ago, we immediately encountered a checker who had an “in-your-face” personality. I understand – you work all day with strangers, it’s nice to have some banter to keep you on your feet. But this guy is too pushy. My husband is annoyed with inane chatter, but I try to be nice, I try to steer the conversation gently back to my purchases. This guy has always been a challenge, but as long as he was friendly I tried to oblige him with some friendly chatter.

I don’t mask, not only because it’s a fact that not all masks are equal, and I can’t afford the good ones, but because Newsom’s mandates are not consistent – San Francisco, one of California’s most determined shitholes, does not have to mask, because Newsom has too many rich friends, and even his own business to protect there. He knows the mandate is bad for business – let’s face it, he’s obviously playing favorites with counties that have supported him politically. He’s punishing the shit out of any county he perceives to be conservative.

I’ve been walking in and out of this store without masking for over a year now, and while the employees have masked, they have never asked me to do so. There’s a sign on the door, but there are the same signs all over town and not once have I been stopped and told to mask or get out. But last week, my checker buddy, I’ll call him “Kurt”, cause that’s him name, handed me a plastic bagged surgical mask and told me he wouldn’t check my groceries if I didn’t put it on.

Let me set the tone: “Kurt” was wearing an old, homemade cloth mask with his out-of-control beard hanging out the bottom. I had to squelch an impulse to gag. I should have told him, “okay, listen, can you hold these for me, I’ll be back after the mandate...” But I didn’t think that fast, I just wanted to get my food and get out. So I put on the mask with some minor protest, I paid for my stuff, and I left.

My husband thought this was weird because all the times we’ve been in that store, together, “Kurt” has never said a word about putting on a mask. He doesn’t even always wear a mask. But the first time I come into the store by myself, he jumps my ass and refuses to take my money?

A week later we needed something we usually only buy there, so my husband says, let’s try it together. We walk in the store – no “Kurt”, good sign. We gather our purchases, and we head for checkout. The employees all mask, and I don’t begrudge them – they’re with the public, 8+ hours a day, they should protect themselves as they see fit. But not one of them aside from “Kurt” made any fuss over our bare faces, the checker happily checked our stuff without a mention of masks.

I can’t help but be reminded of an old episode of an old show, King of the Hill. When a hurricane hits the little town of Arlen, Hank’s otherwise dysfunctional friend Bill, a member of the National Guard, is named warden of the shelter. He goes on a power trip that ends up with Hank in jail, as flood waters bear down on the town.

That’s the kind of hysteria that has taken over California – the COVID shut down. No matter what it does to the economy, the fascists behind the shutdown will never admit they are wrong, that masks don’t help, the vaccine is a bust, and here’s the biggest truth – COVID is just another strain of the flu. Sure, the flu is tough, and risky for unhealthy people, but it’s a normal part of the human function.

I’ll say, two years in a row during the early 2000’s, I had the flu so bad, I had to hold onto furniture to get to the bathroom for a week. I couldn’t even read a book or watch tv without getting a headache. It worked it way through my whole family over the course of a month. When we finally got out and about again, we heard it had worked it’s way through most of our friends and the staff of S&S Market. It happened again the following year, both times in February, within weeks of the start of school. We realized our son was bringing it home from Butte College, he was the first one to get sick both times.

Long story short, we dealt with it. Friends of ours admitted they had to keep their school age kid at home after he’d beat it so he could take care of them!

The Talking Heads in Washington and Sacramento won’t admit, it’s all about funding the pharmaceutical companies, people are getting rich off this shutdown. Read this article about Fauci and his wife, federal employees worth millions – please note, the asshole is part owner of a San Francisco restaurant!


The pharmaceutical companies are swimming in profits, here’s an article from November:


So, next time “Kurt” tells you to mask up or he won’t take your money, snap your purse shut and tell him you’ll be back for your purchases after the mandate is over.

Next time I’ll have to tell you about fabulous deals I’ve found SHOPPING ONLINE, for everyday purchases. Next time, on This Old Lady Gives COVID, Dr. Fauci, Newsom and Biden the Bird!

8 Responses to “Have you been asked to mask up by a retailer? Take your money somewhere else.”

  1. Pads noway February 6, 2022 at 3:30 am #

    Tell your family to stop wearing seat belts and helmets. Haven’t you heard about the billions being made by the belt companies and the crooked helmet industry? And go ahead and drink and drive, after all the numbers of people killed by drunks is super inflated anyway. Keep your gun loaded and let your kid take it to school for show and tell. Maybe we’ll a learn something.

    • Juanita Sumner February 6, 2022 at 6:19 am #

      Well, here it is – the hysteric. You need to take a chill-pill, whoever you are. Fake names and phony email addresses are for cowards and bullies.

    • Nee February 7, 2022 at 9:51 am #

      Chill out. It’s five minutes

      • Juanita Sumner February 8, 2022 at 11:46 am #

        No thanks. Wear a mask if it makes you feel better, I think it’s just a political statement

  2. Bryan hepp February 7, 2022 at 7:34 am #

    It’s amazing how proud some people are to be stupid . You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself . What kind of selfish jerk won’t wear masks? You don’t mind the no pants no service. Cover your upper anus . You should be ashamed . Why do stupid people think they deserve a badge? Be careful your lack of intelligence is showing.

    • Juanita Sumner February 8, 2022 at 11:44 am #

      Mr Hepp, it’s been proven that most masks are ineffective. Why don’t you just wear a plastic bag over your head?

  3. The Dude February 9, 2022 at 2:51 pm #

    This is Mask Insanity! Lol. A bunch of “Liberal Lunatics”. As Dr. Malone, one of the inventors of the MRNA technology, recently pointed out. This is Mass Formation Psychosis. Their cult leader Dr. Fauci, said that masks don’t work. Now there are several prominent people and studies that say the masks don’t work. But they still think you should have to mask up to buy food. This is what Orwell called double think, or known as cognitive dissonance. They told us, it was our body our choice. Now they say do it for the vulnerable in our society. But the babies aren’t vulnerable? And they make toddlers where masks and want to triple jab 5 year olds. Yet Stacey Abrams doesn’t mask up around first graders. I honestly use to believe that liberals believed in something. Now they are all a bunch of lunatic Karens.

    • Juanita Sumner February 10, 2022 at 5:21 am #

      I agree – it’s just hysteria. A lot of people just thrive on drama, and like to push other people around. More coming soon.

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