'POOR GIRL': Officer praised over viral Woolworths confrontation

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A man who filmed his confrontation with a police officer after he refused to wear a face mask inside a Woolworths store has been slammed on social media.

In the video posted to TikTok, the man was asked by the officer to supply his exemption for not wearing a mask, which is mandatory in NSW.

However, he refuses to, cutting her off when she asked for his exemption and ID. 

Screenshots taken from the TikTok video showing the female police officer in the Woolworths supermarket talking to the man.
The man recorded his run in with police and posted it to TikTok. Source: TikTok

“Unless you get a court order I don’t need to give you a medical exemption,” the man responds.

“I’ve done nothing wrong.”

Man refuses to comply

The officer asks again to see his documentation, but the man continues to talk over her and refuses to show her an exemption.

"Do you have ID on your sir?" she asks, as he insists he doesn't have to show her anything, arguing it was a “directive” to provide ID but “not law”.

"You do," she continues, as he cuts her off again insisting he wasn't doing anything wrong.

However, after posting the video TikTok users sprung to the officer's defense, pointing out she was just doing her job.

"Why did you have to record her though bro? Poor girl was just trying to do her job and was probably on a break," one user wrote.

“If you really do have an exemption just show her, people like you make it hard for cops and yourself."

"She's just being polite and you're just being a pest," another added.

Face masks mandatory in NSW

Face coverings have been made mandatory in public settings in NSW unless you are in your home or exercising. 

The penalty for failing to comply with a direction to wear or carry a mask for those aged 18 years or older is $500, $80 for those aged 16 or 17 years of age and $40 for those aged 15 or younger.

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