The man said he was a "sovereign being" and the rules stating masks were mandatory didn't apply to him.
Despite Coronavirus cases shooting up, there's no shortage of Covidiots — someone who ignores health advice about Coronavirus. A man in the UK tried to use asthma as an excuse when a police officer pulled him up for not wearing a mask. The cop, who was wearing a mask, called out the person after pulling out his own inhaler to confront the offender. The video footage of the incident was uploaded to Reddit and has since gone viral. The incident happened in the UK where a new highly contagious strain has been detected over the past month.
The footage shows the maskless man being pulled up by a cop for not wearing a mask. The person who films the incident is clearly under the impression that saying he had asthma provided him with a free pass. While being questioned for not wearing a mask, he pulls out a yellow inhaler and presents it as a get-out-of-jail card but the cop isn't impressed and pulls out his own inhaler to show that it's ok to wear masks even if you have an inhaler. The man refuses to give in continues to question the cops for hauling him up and accuses one of the officers of assault for touching him. The cop tells him clearly that he's flouting the rules about wearing masks. He refers to himself as a "sovereign being" but I'm not sure Coronavirus really cares for that kind of jargon. If anything, you're more susceptible to the virus if you have breathing issues. The cop calls him a "smart ass."
The police officer then asks him to leave but he refuses to. One of the officers tells him, "You need to grow up, mate." While the man would have felt vindicated by taking a video and uploading it online but a majority of the Redditors sided with the cops and labeled the man a "Karen" for his public freakout over his sense of entitlement. One Redditor wrote, "When the guy said he wasn't obligated to wear a mask because he has asthma the cop should have just said under-what-section-under-what-section-under-what-section? It drives me crazy that these Karens demand that everyone else listen to their BS but won't let anyone else finish a sentence," wrote noparticularpoint, before adding, "I have asthma and I wear a mask." Two others who have asthma backed up the police officers as well, writing, "I would think if you have asthma, since an attack can start because of outside irritants, a mask would be, if even ever so slightly, beneficial." Another commented, "I definitely get more wheezy in cold, dry air. Masks are brilliant for me, I've needed less refills of my rescue inhaler this year."
"These people are the worst kind. I have BAD asthma. Like take a preventer twice a day kind of asthma and I can still wear a mask with no issues," wrote u/Mauledbysilk. "Also asthmatics are so much more high risk with Covid so don’t be an idiot, wear a mask for your own safety and everyone else’s!" Another Redditor said using masks helped with their allergies as well. "I've found my mask does in fact keep my allergies from going off. There's been a couple times where I had to visit a hospital because of an asthma attack due to a particularly nasty batch of "things alive near me today". In any case, these losers trying to claim they don't wear a mask because of asthma are straight-up lying. If they actually had asthma they'd be wearing a mask, for their own safety and own comfort in knowing they aren't going to collapse, gasping for air at TGI Fridays because some cactus across the street jizzed in their breathing air," they wrote.