This morning when I walked into the grocery store a few minutes after 7 a.m. there was a Tulsa policeman just inside the door.
I had shopped last week but they didn’t have toilet paper then. They did today. And I can always use yogurt and fresh fruit.
Most everyone had on masks today. The seniors seem to be more diligent about wearing masks, which is why that is my preferred time to shop. During senior hour.
I had a thought on the drive home. What if someone took a video of people in the store this morning but didn’t add any commentary? Didn’t explain what’s going on?
What would we think about people wearing masks in the grocery store and arrows on the floor and plexiglass at the checkout? About having a policeman, not even a security guard, standing inside watching everyone come and go?
It would be like the Twilight Zone.
As I walked out of the store I told the policeman that I was glad he was there. That it made me feel safer. He said “Well, I appreciate that.”
This is a smaller store than the other Reasor stores in Tulsa.
Most of the people who work in this store are seniors. I imagine they feel safer with him there as well.
After that tragedy in Michigan last week where the security guard was shot for telling someone they needed to have a mask on inside the store, it must have put everyone on edge. As if everyone isn’t on edge to start with.
The 43 year old security guard was just doing his job at a Family Dollar store in Flint, Michigan. He had refused to let a customer’s 45 year old daughter inside the store because she wasn’t wearing a mask.
Apparently the daughter’s mother then started yelling at the security guard and spit at him. He told her to leave the store.
Surveillance camera footage showed that the daughter got in her car and drove off, but came back in about 20 minutes.
Her husband and son were with her this time and her husband apparently began yelling at the security guard about disrespecting the women in his family. Then he pulled out a gun and shot the security guard in the head.
Police discovered the security guard “unconscious and bleeding from his head” at the scene. He was later pronounced dead at a local medical center.
That security guard was married with 8 children.
Months ago if someone had told me that a man was killed over a mask, I would have said the people involved were crazy.
But now, these days, I have kind of amended that. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s something more menacing. Like evil. I hate to think that about people.
Do you believe that people can be evil?