Covid-19 Australia: A man without a mask films himself harassing NSW agent in a Woolworths supermarket

Woolworths client films harassing off-duty police officer as he refuses to show medical waiver for not wearing a mask

  • An unidentified shopper films himself harassing a NSW agent at a Woolworths
  • He refused to grant a medical exemption for not wearing a face mask in the store
  • TikTok users have criticized the man’s behavior online, calling him ‘a plague’


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A shopper who refused to show his medical exemption for not wearing a mask has filmed himself harassing an off-duty police officer at a NSW supermarket.

Uploaded in a video to TikTok on Monday, the female officer asks to see the customer’s medical clearance at the Woolworths store, but does not show it, showing no identification or documents.

“Unless you get a court order, I don’t have to give you a medical release,” the smug shopper says as he films the confrontation.

Holding her groceries in hand, the officer calmly asks the man for his ID, which he does not give while saying, “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

The frustrated cop repeatedly asks him for his documents as he continues to interrupt her, claiming it is “not the law” to provide his identification, but a “directive.”

Most TikTok users who commented on the video believed the man was wrong.

A man filmed himself harassing an off-duty police officer (pictured) after she asked him to grant a face mask exemption while in a NSW Woolworths store

A man filmed himself harassing an off-duty police officer (pictured) after she asked him to grant a face mask exemption while in a NSW Woolworths store

“Just be respectful champion, she’s trying to be polite and you’re just a pest.”

“If you really have an exemption show it to her, people like you are making it difficult for the police and yourself,” wrote another.

“Another flogging with camera,” added a third.

Pursuant to NSW public health orders, the police may ask you to confirm the lawful reason why you are not wearing a face mask – with exceptions for persons with a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition.

Failure to wear a mask in indoor environments such as shopping malls and supermarkets, indoor entertainment and public transportation can result in an onsite fine of $200.

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