Masked shoppers in ASDA create public alarm

16th March 2017

This morning shoppers in Southport’s ASDA supermarket were somewhat alarmed to see a large group of young people rushing around the store wearing what appeared to be surgical masks.

One ASDA patron, Mr Igor Grindeanu, who regularly visits the shop said. “I have never seen anything like this before. I immediately thought that this was some sort of terrorist operation in place and could see other people were getting really anxious. My family were genuinely frightened. I asked a member of ASDA staff what was happening and was told that it was probably some type of ‘cultural thing’, which did not answer my question or allay our fears. The masked people were pulling big cases on trolleys, which could have contained anything.”

Once outside the store some of the group removed their masks, while waiting for others to join them.

Another shopper, who wished to remain anonymous, said. “I suspect this Asian group are used to wearing masks to stop then breathing in city pollution. Do they know something we don’t know about Southport air?”

NB. Some people have mentioned the custom, in certain countries, that encourages the wearing of masks to prevent spread of disease. However, this did not seem to be the case here as they were pulling them off and on regularly as they shopped. None of the group seemed ill in any way.

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