Woman from anti-mask ‘agency’ threatens worker with jail for enforcing masks
A woman from a discredited anti-mask “agency” was caught on camera falsely informing a California grocery store worker that she could be sued — or go to jail — for requiring customers to wear the protective face gear, according to a report.
Sporting a badge and a holding a clipboard, Lenka Koloma — founding member of the so-called Freedom To Breathe Agency— is shown relaying the bogus claim to store supervisor Liz Chavez at a health food shop in Orange County.
“You personally can be sued for this, OK?” Koloma says in an authoritative tone, according to a video posted on TikTok. “You are putting yourself into major legal liability.”
Chavez, 31, had just asked Koloma to wear a mask inside the store when Koloma — whose group is not a government organization — launched into a speech about personal freedoms, Chavez told Buzzfeed.
“I went up to them like, ‘Hey, in order to be inside the store you’re required to wear a mask,’ ” Chavez told the outlet, adding it was store policy. “They told me, ‘No, we’re not required to wear a mask.’ ”
Koloma claimed the group was “making sure that people’s constitutional rights, civil and federal laws are not broken,” and handed Chavez a piece of paper.
“The piece of paper they gave me was basically telling me I could go to prison for up to 3 to 5 years and I could get fined up to $10,000 for telling them to wear a mask if I’m not a doctor,” Chavez said.
Chavez added, “They weren’t there to shop…They honestly were probably just waiting for somebody to come up to them and ask them to wear a mask so they could do this.”
Koloma also said she and a woman she entered the store with “both have medical, health conditions and also religious beliefs that do not allow us to wear a mask,” according to the report.
The Freedom To Breathe Agency has drawn attention for its stunts in the past, prompting a warning from the Department of Justice in June over its fraudulent face mask fliers. The group had been distributing phony “face mask exempt” cards, claiming holders could skirt store rules “under the Americans with Disability Act.” The distributed fliers misspelled Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
On Saturday, the video had raked in more than 1.2 million views on TikTok, and more on Twitter.
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