Coronavirus: Security guard punched after asking shopper to wear mask

KENOSHA, Wis. — A Wisconsin security guard was punched after asking a grocery store shopper to wear a face mask.

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Kenosha Police said a security guard at Woodman’s Food Market reminded the customer to wear a mask and was subsequently punched by him, the Kenosha News reported.

“Somebody from the store approached them and the guy said some choice words and … that’s when the punching started,” Kenosha Police Capt. Brent Sagedal said Sunday.

The guard was treated for minor injuries.

The customer, a man in his 50s, has not been identified. He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.

The city of Kenosha has a mask mandate through March 31 requiring people to cover their faces. Violators could face a $25 fine for a first offense, $50 for a second and $100 for a third.

Woodman’s Market requires employees and customers to wear masks whether or not there is a government order, store officials said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.