Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office Investigating After Customer Refuses Mask, Pulls Knife

"The employee at the front door asked him to put a mask on because that’s story policy"

Starting Monday – masks are required inside any Michigan business, under the Governor’s Executive Order. Acme Meijer

But one store’s policy led to an angry customer over the weekend, even before the new mask rule went into effect. And now the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office is looking for him. On Sunday afternoon deputies were called to the Meijer store in Acme Township, after they say a customer adamantly refused to wear a mask, and then pulled a knife on a store employee.

Lt. Chris Oosse says the sheriff’s office is now investigating – and say the man could face charges of felonious assault. “The employee asked the gentlemen on three or four different occasions to wear a mask, that it was store policy to wear a mask. She advised (us) that the male subject reached into his pocket and pulled out a folding knife, opened the blade and told her it was against his rights to have to wear a mask and he refused to do so.” Acme Meijer Mask Knife

The sheriff’s office says the employee stepped aside and called police, while the man bought some groceries and walked out before deputies arrived. If you’ve seen him you’re asked to call the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Oosse says aside from this case, if someone refuses to comply with a store’s policy and refuses to leave, they could be cited for trespassing.

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