Elderly Librarian Stands Her Ground Against Anti-Masker Demanding Entry in Video

A video of a man confronting a librarian in Illinois for refusing to allow him to enter without a mask has begun circulating on social media.

The video, posted on Tuesday by the Twitter page Patriot Takes, showed the man recording himself talking with two librarians and demanding they explain why they are not permitting him entry.

"I just want to take a video and ask why you won't let me sign up, this is your choice to do, this is serious," the unidentified man said. "I am here, with my daughter, we just want to use the library, that we have a right to use. You guys won't let us do this because I am not putting a mask on."

The librarian told the man that wearing a mask was part of their library policy. The man hit back by arguing that either librarian could "make the personal choice to say it is not a big deal."

The woman stood firm and shook her head. She added that they had to abide by the policy.

"No you don't, you are making the choice, just acknowledge that, I will leave here but just acknowledge that you are making the choice," the man replied.

He concluded that the librarians "just following orders" was part of the overall problem. He said it was a shame and the pair should think about that as he turned to walk away. It is not made clear at which library in Illinois this incident occurred.

Patriot Takes captioned the video: "Illinois librarian holds her ground as an anti-masker films himself throwing a tantrum after being asked to wear a mask." In a follow-up tweet, they added: "This grown man totally sounds like he is about to cry over a mask."

The Twitter page also shared another video of a man recording himself walking into an Aldi supermarket to buy groceries without wearing a mask. They claimed that the man in the video is the same as the one confronting the librarian.

"'I'm going to show you walking around with a mask so you can do it too!' This man previously recording himself buying lemons maskless at an Aldi's," the Twitter page wrote.

"He told his followers to 'have a backbone' over mask mandates. This guy just caved to the librarian who held her ground."

The Illinois Department of Public Health has outlined the rulings on face masks on its website. It can be viewed here.

"September 3, 2021, the Governor signed Executive Order 21-22 which requires all individuals over the age of 2 and who can medically tolerate a face covering to wear a face-covering when in indoor public places," the Illinois Department of Public Health has said on its website.

It also states what areas constitute as being public indoor places. "Public indoor places refer to indoor events, facilities, or premises in which community/persons visit or work. Places include but are not limited to businesses, retail establishments, office buildings, entertainment venues, hotel meeting rooms and ballrooms, lobby areas, indoor sports complexes, and other places of leisure."

Newsweek has contacted Patriot Takes for more information.

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Stock image of a face mask and some books. A man recorded his argument with a library worker after she said he could not enter without a face mask. Getty Images