World news – San Antonio-based company H-E-B will push buyers to mask themselves, but that’s not bullshit – and that’s bullshit


In December, Current reported that employees at the H-E-B grocery chain were bullied for not forcing shoppers to wear masks because people are assholes.

Now – against the clear advice of the Centers for Disease Control – the governor of Texas Fuckstick is prematurely lifting the state’s mask mandate. The San Antonio-based grocer responded that after the order went into effect on March 10, shoppers would no longer need to wear face covers while browsing their aisles.

In response to an outcry on Twitter, H-E-B said his decision was due to the number of confrontations employees have faced since the company introduced its own mask rule last spring.

« H-E-B strongly recommends and requires the use of masks for all partners and vendors, » a chain representative told Twitter user @drewsaplin late Tuesday. “We ask all of our customers to wear masks in our branches. To protect the safety of our partners, we will not engage in confrontation. “

Hello Drew. H-E-B strongly recommends the use of masks and requires it for all partners and providers. We ask all of our customers to wear masks in our branches. To protect the safety of our partners, we will not engage in confrontations.

Of course, people have to wear masks to slow the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 44,000 Texans since that time last year. Sure, a good number of us will continue to follow common sense and cover up, but those who don’t will put others at risk.

Even a cursory perusal of the grocery chain’s Twitter feed reveals that people are pissed that the revered chain – which received national acclaim for its responses to COVID and the state’s winter storm crisis – would increase the risk to its employees and sellers by adding not asking buyers to do what they are doing right.

H-E-B spokeswoman Lisa Helfman made a full statement to news outlets late Tuesday, saying the chain would « encourage all customers » to wear masks while staff and salespeople demand it.

« Although there is no longer a nationwide mask order, HEB believes that it is important that masks are worn in public spaces until more Texans and our partners have access to the Covid-19 vaccine, » the statement said in the Focused On Pandemic HEB focuses on the health and safety of our partners and customers. H-E-B continues to require all of our partners and suppliers to wear masks at work and we encourage all customers to wear a mask in our stores.  »

H-E-B was months ahead of state officials in creating and enforcing mask policies in business. In some cases, security guards have been called in to enforce these rules so that management personnel are spared the confrontations.

An H-E-B spokeswoman did not respond to Current’s question about whether he would hire security guards to encourage the use of masks in his stores.

Given HEB’s willingness to recognize its employees’ work during the COVID crisis with pandemic-related incentives and resources – including COVID-19 thank you bonuses and permanent salary increases – it seems strange that the company won’t even stand up for them again by giving customers masks have to carry.

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