A man in the US has been charged with assault after allegedly wiping his nose on a shop employee’s shirt.
Police say Rex Howard Gomoll entered the Dollar Tree store in Holly, Michigan on Saturday afternoon.
Holly Police Chief Jerry Narsh said the 68-year-old did not wear a mask, despite an executive order in the state requiring patrons in enclosed public spaces to wear one at all times.
Security camera footage inside the store released by police shows the Linden man allegedly wiping his face on an employee’s shirt. According to police, the employee told him he needed to wear a face mask to remain in the store.
Gomoll allegedly responded by saying: “Here, I’ll just use this as a mask,” before wiping his nose and face on the shirt, leaving behind “bodily fluids,” Chief Narsh said.
He said the employee was the only person Gomoll came in contact with while at the store, however he was also allegedly disruptive and made other comments before leaving.
Gomoll faces misdemeanour charges of assault and battery, Jessica Cooper, the Oakland County prosecutor, told CNN.
In a statement, Randy Guiler, vice president of investor relations at Dollar Tree Inc., wrote: “We are appreciative of the work of the Holly Police Department in seeing this man’s irresponsible and unacceptable behaviour toward our associate was addressed promptly.”
Saturday’s incident was the second in as many days involving a store patron not wearing a required face mask in Michigan.
On Friday, police in Flint say, a security guard was shot and killed at a Family Dollar in an incident that began when he approached a customer and instructed her to wear a face covering.
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