A man from Florida has been fired after video surfaced of his outburst at a local Costco. Billy Corben, a filmmaker, posted a video of the incident to Twitter on Monday. In the video an elderly woman asks the man to wear a mask and the man has an outburst about the request. Billy Corben tweeted, “Florida man at Fort Myers Costco in ‘Running the World Since 1776’ shirt flips out on elderly woman who asked him to wear a mask and man who defended her #BecauseFlorida.”
Florida man at Fort Myers Costco in "Running the World Since 1776" shirt flips out on elderly woman who asked him to wear a mask and man who defended her #BecauseFlorida (via @profjaffar) pic.twitter.com/PDOvi33qHK
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) July 7, 2020
At the beginning of the clip you hear someone say, “We are six feet away from you,” to which the man responds, “You are harassing me and my family.” He then says something inaudible before walking toward the camera and yelling, “I feel threatened!” Then, the person filming says, “You’re coming close to me.” The man screams, “Back up! Threaten me again!”
The man seems to walk away but the returns and approaches the man filming, saying, “Back the f— up. Put your f—— phone down!” In a separate tweet, Corben revealed that the altercation took place on June 27 in Fort Myers.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office’s spokeswoman said that they answered the 911 call but the man in question had left the scene before they arrived. Costco said the man was trespassing.
The video has gone viral and has racked up 11 million views. The video eventually got around to the man’s workplace. He was revealed to be a salesman at Tedd Todd Insurance Company. The man was fired once his management saw the video. The company’s CEO, Charley Todd, released a statement on Twitter that reads, “He absolutely does not represent our values and no longer works at our agency. We are working with Allstate to release a statement shortly. Wear a mask.”
Thank you to everyone for their comments and messages raising awareness about a former employee at Ted Todd Insurance. Their behavior in the video is in direct conflict with our company values and their employment has been terminated.
— Ted Todd Insurance (@TedToddAgency) July 7, 2020
The company also made a statement on Facebook. It reads, “Thank you to everyone for their comments and messages raising awareness about a former employee at Ted Todd Insurance. Their behavior in the video is in direct conflict with our company values and their employment has been terminated.”
Florida is one of the hardest-hit states from the increase in coronavirus cases. According to health data, Florida has 223,783 coronavirus cases, with 3,889 deaths as of Wednesday.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com