As he prepared to get back to working his busy shift, he was unaware of what she had up her sleeve. As he slaved away stacking shelves, she was rummaging around in her car for something.
She had hidden it abruptly the last time she used it but now had forgotten where it was. She was busy hatching her plan, she just had to find it.
Michael Samm owned a general store and all of the responsibilities that came with it. The store was in the middle of nowhere where people from all corners came to shop.
He loved meeting new and intriguing people while on the job. He never knew who would walk through that door, especially on a day like any other.
Another Normal Day
She knew she had to wear a mask, it was just the store policy and many people understood why. It shouldn’t have been a big deal, but it was.
Like any other normal day, Michael stocked all of the shelves and helping customers until she came walking through the door.
He heard the door open and looked over to see a woman reading the “no mask, no service” sign. She then looked at the other customers in the store.
She froze up as if looking for something. Then they made eye contact and Michael had a gut feeling things were going to get complicated.
ShShe made sure Michael saw her before she walking more into the store. She didn’t have a mask on as she flashed a wide smile his way.
Michael calmly walked around the counter and went towards her. He really didn’t want any trouble, but she would make sure it came his way.
The Right To Breathe
Michael approached her and smiled, “I’m sorry ma’am, but you’ll have to put a mask on if you want to shop here.” She looked at him and replied with an attitude, “no I don’t”.
She pulled the “right to breathe” card as Michael just shook his head. Her tantrum was far from over. He gave her an ultimatum, get a mask or get out.
Exactly As Planned
She went off the rails again, giving him a piece of her mind. Michael could just listen to the abuse before his patience started leaving him.
She then suddenly stopped her tirade and smiled. Michael could tell that things were going exactly as she planned. She wanted to be kicked out.
It’s Not Over
After she left Michael could breathe again. He was thankful that things hadn’t ended any other way. Anti-maskers only ever caused him and his store trouble.
The woman left his head as he kept working. But he’d be on her mind. She was going to come back with a vengeance!
A Frantic Search
She was in her car in front of the store searching for something. Michael was unaware of this and went about cleaning and packing shelves. But she would stop at nothing to get her way.
She couldn’t remember where she’d put it. She had hurriedly put it away after using it the last time. She kept checking the parking lot to make sure no one notices what she was doing.
Alas, she finds it and waits. She waits until she sees him roll up in his beat-up truck. He pulls up beside her and gets in her car. “Have you got it?”, he asks. “It’s right here”, she says.
She admires his attire as she giggles with delight. Now all that’s left to do is go back into the store and give her offender a moment he’ll never forget.
Standing His Ground
Michael is surprised to see her burst back through the doors. But this time, she has a mask on. But it’s not any kind of mask. It’s a very, very particular mask.
Enraged at what she’s wearing, Michael tells her to get out immediately. “I have a mask on!”, she shouts back. But Michael is adamant. She screams insults at him as she calls for the man waiting outside to come in.
Her husband walked through the door, chest puffed, chin up, he’s dressed in an officer’s uniform. He’s come to defend his wife who’s wearing a mask with a Nazi symbol on it.
Michael watches as he squares up to him. He looks sternly into Michael’s eyes, his face already red with anger. Suddenly, Michael’s taken aback, did he do something illegal?
From Bad To Worse
“This lady tells me you’re breeching her right to freedom. If this can’t be resolved, you’re going to have to come with me”, the officer said. “What? No”, Michael said confused.
He rushed to explain the situation but soon, he smelt something fishy. The officer kept threatening him, so Michael asked to see his badge. Then, it went from bad to worse.
Michael realised he’d never seen this “officer” before. And this was a small, remote town, so he had a feeling something wasn’t right. Who was this guy?
Michael asked him for his badge. The “officer” reluctantly yet confidently took it out and showed it to him. Michael’s confusion erupted into disbelief and laughter. Why?
“Get out of my store, man”. “Both of you. Out. Now!”, he said. The badge was a fake. He wasn’t an officer and the woman next to him was still wearing her Nazi mask.
“You know what? You can easily get arrested for this so both of you either get out now or I’m calling the cops right now!”, he threatened. She leaves with her husband following suit. “Don’t ever set foot in this store again!”, Michael called after them.
Michael’s store is the only one in close proximity to the anti-masker couple’s home. So now, they have to drive an hour to the next town over any time they want basic groceries like milk or bread.
It was a burden they simply couldn’t bear, so they soon came back to Michael’s store. But this time, something changed.
Now It’s Personal
Michael was helping a customer pack her items when he saw them enter his store again. He finished helping the woman, grabbed his phone and marched towards them.
“Didn’t I tell you both to get out of here?”, he stated. She was wearing the Nazi mask again. Her husband wasn’t wearing any. Michael sent them out straight away. But now they swore to take personal revenge on Michael.
At first, everything seemed normal. His week continued as usual. But then, he started to think more about the couple that threatened to get revenge. He started to worry, and for good reason.
The store was too small to sneak past Michael and buy groceries, so the desperate couple decided to take matters into their own hands.
First, they needed to know his routine. So they started to appear at the remotely situated store, just out of sight enough so that Michael wouldn’t notice.
He was completely oblivious that he was being watched. They stalked him for days. They knew what car Michael drove, what time he opened up and what time he closed up. What were they up to?
Michael told himself not to worry about the revenge threats. He consoled himself by reasoning that he hadn’t seen them in days so they probably just said that to scare him. The threats were empty, but he was wrong.
It was another beautiful sunny day, the skies were blue and the temperature was just the perfect amount of warm with a cool breeze.
Nothing could put a damper on Michael’s good mood. He drove to his store, singing along to the radio as he drove down the empty road. But he was driving straight towards a sharp pin that would burst the happy bubble he was in instantly.
It wasn’t long before Michael realised there was a truck behind him. In fact, it was a truck he saw a lot of recently.
A Calculated Move
When he pulled into his store and parked the car, there was a car already waiting there. That never happened this early, so Michael thought it particularly odd. Then the truck that was behind him pulled up. Michael knew something was wrong.
It was the anti-masker couple, they had come in separate cars. They were cornering him. They stalked him to make sure this was a quiet time for Michael. No witnesses.
But what they failed to realize was that Michael was a big guy. He was also trained in mixed martial arts. He knew how to defend himself and he was a hard guy to intimidate.
He quickly dialled 911 and spoke into the phone while he raced to the back of the couples car. Making sure they heard him, he loudly spoke as he reported their car registrations and threatening behavior.
Michael later posted his story to Reddit and got an outpour of support and admiration for how he handled that situation.
Remaining calm and firm in a situation where you are dealing with angry and unstable people is definitely a trait worth celebrating, and people made sure to let him know he was right.
Support And Admiration
One user wrote,“She…was trying to push every button this shop owner had because people like Karen want to own the libs any way they can. It’s pathetic!”
Now, one would think that stories like this are rare and isolated incidences. However, another indescribable exchange took place with similar tones in another small town – but this one only had a young woman behind the register
It was hard for Lucy Pembrook to work in the small, Sonoma County bakery.
But it wasn’t because of the early shifts and endless multitasking. No, it was trying to resist the endless stream of mouth-watering baked goods that came from the kitchen. It was even harder considering their specialty.
The little shop made custom cakes – you name it, they could craft it. But it wasn’t all bells and whistles. The flavors were also to die for.
Even when the mask mandates came into effect, people would still make a point of driving to the shop to pick out something yummy. However, one customer would have something crazy to say about the new rules.
Lucy flashed a smile and welcome the woman as she came through the door.
The first thing she noticed was the woman wasn’t wearing a mask. But Lucy understood. People could be forgetful and were usually happy to comply. This woman’s face, however, twisted into a disgusted pucker, as if she was sucking on a lemon.
Even if the shop was filled with sweet things, Lucy wasn’t a stranger to bad customers and the drama that came with them. … But this was just unbelievable…
“So, in Nazi Germany, if people told you to shove people into the ovens, would you do that? I am asking a real question. You have stoves, don’t you?”
Was She Serious?
Lucy stood there, stunned and speechless. Did this woman just compare government rules on masks the same as killing people in gas chambers and other horrific methods?
She quickly composed herself and asked the woman to leave. But that was the trigger the woman had apparently been waiting for.
The customer yelled at the top of her lungs that her freedoms were being taken away. And that everyone were Nazi sheep.
It was then Lucy did something that would immediately fix the problem. She stood tall, pointed to the door, and said, “If you don’t leave now, I will be forced to make a citizen’s arrest.”
Not Getting Her Way
The woman’s face turned as red as a beet. Still, she ended her tirade and stormed out of the shop.
But what would the owner say when he found out what had happened? And what would be the public’s reaction to the very public tantrum?
Gergana Karabelov review the security footage and completely agreed with Lucy’s actions.
The owner would also end up receiving some of the residual heat when the irate customer left several angry messages.
Her response was simple. “If you need croissants, I can deliver them to you, but I can’t have you on my property without a mask.” But she really hoped the woman wouldn’t come back in any way shape or form. As for the public?
Everyone shared in the praise towards Lucy. She couldn’t help but blush as they called her an outstanding, professional young lady. It made her fall all the better about her choice.
Some people even called in from other countries to giver her warm fuzzies. Also, the store ended up way busier than normal!
Still A Great Place To Work
Their baked good flew off the shelves faster than she could ever imagine.
Some even hung around just to chat with Lucy. It was nice to have such great customers, but she also needed to get baking! The list of orders was crazy. It would take some serious self control not to partake!