America: You’re better than this.
COVID-19 is spreading throughout the nation, yes, but we knew that this was coming. We were told weeks ago by the CDC that the nature of this virus isn’t going to magically change before it reaches the shores of the United States, and we were told to start preparing.
And by “preparing”, no one meant to hoard all of the toilet paper that you can get your hands on, especially since COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and not a rear-end illness.
Now, amid this inappropriate panic, Americans have devolved back into their unfortunate Black Friday form.
In footage reportedly taken on Thursday in Brooklyn, two customers got into a heated argument while standing in line. In the video, a woman can be seen angrily talking to an employee while wearing a face mask. Another customer can be heard “don’t let her touch me with that cart.”
— William Pei Yuan (@iamwillyuan) March 12, 2020
Oh, and it gets worse…
Also on Thursday, though later in the evening, according to a video uploaded to Twitter, two customers are seen in an all-out brawl in front of what appears to be a refrigerated section. The violent altercation reportedly took place at a Sam’s Club in Hiram, Ga.
The video then cuts to a man being taken out on a stretcher with police officers.
BREAKING: A man was stabbed with a wine bottle over a pack of water at a Sam's Club in Hiram. ????pic.twitter.com/KV5X7MiKpO
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) March 13, 2020
Police were quick to point out that the caption of this tweet was factually incorrect, as the two men were not actually brawling over coronavirus-related items.
The two were incensed after one bumped into the other’s shopping cart, which is about as silly a reason to stab someone with a wine bottle as you’ll find.
Public health experts have stressed that caution, not panic, will be the key to reducing the risk the virus poses.
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