Richmond store employee arrested after dispute with maskless customer

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The employee of a Richmond convenience store was arrested Sunday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following an altercation with a customer who was told to leave the store for not wearing a mask, police said.

The incident unfolded at about 7:30 p.m. at the store in the 2100 block of Macdonald Avenue, where a clerk approached a customer about not wearing a mask, police said. The customer, a 21-year-old man, began using his hooded sweatshirt as a face covering. He was then asked to leave, which led to a verbal altercation between him and a store employee.

The customer left the store, followed by the employee, a 25-year-old man. An argument ensued leading to the customer throwing punches at the employee, police said

The employee walked back into the store and the customer walked away from the business, but the dispute didn’t end there. The employee retrieved a baseball bat, exited the store and engaged in another altercation with the customer. The customer was hit with the bat numerous times, including in the head, receiving a large laceration to his head that required medical attention at a local hospital, according to police.

The store employee also went to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the fist fight, police said. Afterward, the employee was then booked into jail for assault with a deadly weapon. 

Names of the individuals involved are not being released at this time, police said.


  1. He should not of gone after the customer in the parking lot.. however the story does not say WHY he did.

    JUST wear a bleeping mask why is it so hard to do! all this would of been avoided if the customer had worn a proper mask .

  2. He offered to use his hoodie to cover his face like a mask, that should of been ok! most people wont even do that! He should not have continued to engage with the customer once he left.. Sorry but he was in the wrong.

  3. I hate those who ask “ is it a law”….. No idiot it’s a suggestion , it’s there to possibly save my life or yours , it’s only temporary , it’s not 24 hrs a day , it’s just while your around others …. Just wear your mask , do your business and leave…. you always say “your being sheep for wearing a mask” well your following your flock for not wearing one 😳. Whose the sheep now ???

  4. I don’t see why it’s so hard for people to wear a mask while being out or around other people that’s why it’s important for people that do wear a mask to always do so so that way for the ones that don’t or have a problem with doing so can get whatever comes to them this crap is real people what’s it go take for people to realize that guess once it hits them or someone close to them they’ll understand

  5. I read that 3000 people a day are dying from Covid-19 in the United States… But some folk say its just the flu… And dont wear a mask! 3000 people a day! Thants almost as many that lost their lives in the World Trade Center!!!

  6. That’s insane, because 8000 people die on average per day normally in the US, a figure that’s always higher during flu and cold season among elderly, so it could exceed 10k per day during cold seasons. I’m so profoundly scared of death without perspective, but only when I have zero perspective and a head full of fear programming!!! Oh my!!!


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