A MAN exploded at an elderly woman after she asked him to wear a mask in a Costco, according to shocking footage.
Video of the heated confrontation at the store in Fort Meyers, Florida, appeared to show the man screaming at the woman to “back the f*** up!”
The unidentified man shouted at the woman and a man who stepped into defend her, a witness told Florida documentary maker Billy Corben, who was given footage of the incident to post online.
In the shocking clip, he asked: “You’re harassing me?” to which the other man replied: “I’m not harassing you, you’re coming close to me.”
The man then approached the pair, shouting at the top of his voice: “I feel threatened, I feel threatened! Back up! Threaten me again! Back the f*** up, put your f***ing phone down.”
The incident occurred on June 27, and has racked up more than 4 million views since Corben posted it on Twitter on Monday.
One of the people targeted by the man, who declined to give their name, praised Costco’s response to the incident.
“To give Costco the credit, they escorted him out and made me wait inside and [they] monitored him until he left and then they send someone with me to the car to make sure I’m okay.”
Health experts recommend wearing face coverings as one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 130,000 Americans and is surging in more than 40 states.
Many online have been horrified by the man’s behaviour.
One said: “He kept saying ‘back off’. No one was coming toward him.”
Another wrote: “Shame on the managers at this Costco. Never should have let him in without a mask. Here in Hawaii you have to wear it, or they’ll make you leave the store.”
Meanwhile, one added: “He seems to feel threatened over nothing. He seems more threatening.”