A restaurant has criticised “unacceptable” behaviour from a customer who was asked to wear a face mask.
John Henry’s Pub of Ardmore, in the US state of Pennsylvania, shared a photo of the diner’s receipt on Facebook.
In the tip section, the customer wrote “mask” instead of leaving a gratuity.
“When your staff politely asks a customer to wear a mask until seated, this is how they are disrespected,” the pub wrote.
“Totally unacceptable. ‘You’ should be ashamed of yourself!”
On Facebook, people were also less than impressed with the customer’s behaviour.
One man called the customer a “scumbag”.
“Sorry this happened to you. This person is a complete jerk,” one woman wrote.
Another woman added “people like that should stay home”.
Pennsylvania reported its highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in more than five months on Thursday, with the governor expressing concern but contending the state is in a much better position now to handle the influx than it was at the beginning of the pandemic.
The Department of Health said another 1,376 people tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, the second consecutive day that new infections rose above 1,300.
Thursday’s statewide case count was the highest since April 30, when Pennsylvania recorded 1,397 new infections.
The average daily number of new confirmed cases is up by more than 36 per cent over the past two weeks, according to The COVID Tracking Project. And a greater percentage of tests are coming back positive.
Health officials cite increased spread among college and university students. Penn State University alone has reported nearly 3,000 positive virus tests at its main campus in State College, and surrounding Centre County currently leads Pennsylvania in the number of infected people per capita.
Governor Tom Wolf said he’s “very concerned”.
He said hospitals have plenty of capacity, the state has large stockpiles of personal protective equipment, and testing and tracing has been expanded.
He also asserted that more people are complying with a statewide mask mandate.
“More and more Pennsylvanians are making up their minds to wear a mask,” Mr Wolf said.
“We’ve become pretty good at it in Pennsylvania, and that’s making a difference, I think. A big difference.”
Pennsylvania reported 27 more deaths, raising the statewide toll to 8,299. The average daily number of deaths has been relatively stable for months after peaking in May.
- with Associated Press
Do you have a story tip? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.