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Gas Station Clerk Calls 911 On Evansville Customer For Not Wearing A Mask

A Store Clerk Requested Police Use Force To Remove A Man From A Circle K Gas Station For Not Wearing A Mask

Posted: Jul 19, 2020 3:03 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2020 11:58 AM

It's day three of the Mayor's the mask mandate and frustration is growing from both sides.

Those who choose not to wear a mask and the growing number of people willing to report those in non-compliance.

Evansville Police responded to Circle K at Fulton Ave. and Lloyd Expressway after a store clerk requested police remove a customer with force for not wearing his mask.

"The clerk at the Circle K called and said there was a subject inside the store refusing to put on a mask, it sounded like it was some type of argument or something like that" said Chief Chris Pugh with EPD.

44News requested the 911 call, Evansville Central Dispatch says the call came in around 10:30 Thursday night.

"Dispatch: 911

Clerk: Yes, I need a police officer at the Circle K at Fulton ave. and Lloyd expressway, I've got a customer here who refuses to leave, because he is not wearing his mask, I need him taking out with force if necessary and he needs to be barred"

The manager of the the gas station told 44News Friday she was unaware of the situation that occurred overnight.

Evansville's Mayor mandating masks be worn in public due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

"I think businesses should enforce it because we are keeping everyone safe by wearing them" says Natalie Pearson.

Evansville Police says it is not against the law to not wear a mask.

"A private business can require you to do what they want, if they say you have to wear a mask its their property they can do what they want" adds Chief Pugh.

A sign posted on the entrance of the gas station says that a mask is required before entering the store.

Our 44News hidden camera caught six men and woman entering and leaving the store Friday without a mask on in a 15 minute time period, all of them inside the store more than a minute.

"I personally hate wearing the mask, but if its going to stop the spread of the virus and slow it down, I am going to wear it" says Pearson.

Evansville Police says the situation that occurred between that clerk and customer ended peacefully.

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