United Bodegas of America: Bodega clerks attacked for enforcing mask mandate

Two employees at a Bronx bodega were attacked for telling customers to wear a face covering, according to the United Bodegas of America.

News 12 Staff

Sep 6, 2020, 5:57 PM

Updated 1,349 days ago

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Two employees at a Bronx bodega were attacked for telling customers to wear a face covering, according to the United Bodegas of America.

Surveillance video shows a clerk inside La Parada Latina on Third Avenue in Morrisania being smacked by an angry customer.

United Bodegas of America spokesman Fernando Mateo says the clerk was trying to enforce the mandatory face covering regulation imposed by New York to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Mateo says minutes later, another video shows another man taking a swing at a different clerk inside the same bodega.

Mateo says the incident happened three weeks ago and that the face covering mandate is putting bodega workers in danger. He says they are afraid of losing their liquor license if they do not enforce customers wearing masks.

The spokesman for the United Bodegas of America says they are meeting with the police commissioner on Sept. 16 to address their concerns.

News 12 reached out to police for more information on the incident and to the governor and mayor's offices for comment on the face covering mandate. News 12 is still waiting to hear back.


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