Disgusting maskless moment, a reporter dramatically inhales a reporter during anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne – before being arrested and fired in disgrace
- Shocked onlookers said the act was ‘disgusting’ before police escorted away
- When confronted by police, woman said ‘I don’t care’ and denied doing anything
- She was later identified as an aged care worker and was fired from her job
An aged care worker who deliberately breathed on reporters and cameramen during an anti-lockdown protest has been fired.
Horrifying footage showed the moment when the woman, who was not wearing a face mask, ran to the media in Melbourne’s Flagstaff Gardens on Saturday and exhaled dramatically in their direction.
Shocked onlookers said the act was “pretty disgusting” before police led her away from the scene.
Victorians are required to wear face masks when leaving home. The rule applies to indoor and outdoor environments.
Pictured: The aged care worker who exhales dramatically on reporters and cameramen at anti-lockdown protests
“You can’t breathe on anyone, that’s disgusting,” the officer said.
“I don’t care,” she replied.
The woman insisted she had done nothing wrong and asked the police not to damage her camera.
She was later identified as an employee of residential and community health care provider Baptcare, which has multiple facilities in Victoria and NSW.
Baptcare told news.com.au that an investigation into her behavior led to her leaving the organization.
“Baptcare does not condone this employee’s actions, which were unacceptable and inconsistent with our expectations as an employer and the expectations of the community in general,” it said.
‘The behavior of the employee is not in line with our core values, in which respect and well-being for others are central.
The woman was led away from the crime scene by police (pictured), but she denied any wrongdoing
“The employee also did not adhere to social distancing and did not wear a face mask, which is currently mandatory to minimize the spread of infections, such as Covid-19.”
The protest drew about 150 people in response to lockdown measures imposed on Victorians amid the growing cluster of infections.
Police said 14 people were arrested and about 55 were fined.
The new cases, which have been linked to a highly contagious double-mutant Indian strain, grew to 54 on Tuesday, including nine new locally acquired infections.
On Tuesday it was announced that the early seven-day lockdown, which started last Thursday, will be extended for another week.