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A Zara In Puerto Rico Is Trashed After Customers Are Asked To Put On Masks

Cities across the country – across the globe! – have mandated that masks or other face coverings be used when in public spaces. Yet some people still don’t seem to understand their importance.

Even though experts agree that masks can help reduce the spread of Coronavirus, many still refuse to wear them. Some even protest against their use by declaring they infringe upon their freedoms and liberty.

We’ve all seen instances across the country of Americans – particularly Karens – refusing to wear a mask when inside a Walmart, Costco, Starbucks, etc. Now, that insanity has spread to Puerto Rico where a group of shoppers trashed a ara store after ex players asked them to put on a mask.

Police reported that three women damaged thousands of dollars in merchandise after being asked to put on masks.

Inside a Zara store at San Juan’s Mall of San Juan, in Puerto Rico’s capital, a group of women damaged clothing and furniture after being asked to use face masks. The store’s staff had asked the customers to protect themselves and others in the store by putting on masks – as is required by local authorities.

Instead, the women proceeded to rip clothes off the racks, kick in furniture, and knock over displays. The incident was caught on security footage and it’s intense.

Preliminary police reports estimate that the group caused upwards of $2,000 in damage. Police are investigating the incident as an act of vandalism and the women could face serious charges.

In Puerto Rico, masks are required when in public spaces as the island struggles to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.

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As of July 17, Puerto Rico has recorded more than 11,000 cases of Covid-19 and 177 deaths attributed to the disease. But the island’s residents are at an increase risk of complications because the island suffers from an inadequate medical care system and an aging population.

To help combat the pandemic, the island has required the use of masks when in public spaces – but as this story shows, not everyone is following the rules.

Aside from mandating masks in public spaces, the territroy’s governor, Wanda Vaseqz, has said that the responsibility for stopping the contagion rests with the citizens and not with her government.

Meanwhile, Zara’s retail business is suffering a major setback thanks to the pandemic.

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Zara owner Inditex said it will close 1,000-1,200 stores worldwide over two years and focus on digital growth. The fast-fashion giant’s sales are down 44% from last year. The company currently operates over 7,400 stores and says it will reassign employees to avoid layoffs.

In the United States alone, the economic impacts of the pandemic continue to wreak havoc. More than 20 million Americans have filed for some form of unemployment since the beginning of the health crisis. And to complicate things, many of the measures passed by Congress at the beginning of the outbreak are set to expire at the end of the month. From temporary rent and mortgage freezes to enhanced unemployment benefits, these programs have been a lifeline to at-risk communities and now, without new Congressional action, they’ll be eliminated.

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