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Coronavirus crisis: Victorians fined for refusing to wear masks

Other videos posted on Facebook show the woman later being arrested by two police officers outside in the Lauderdale Road auto park. If they ask you to put on a mask or leave, and you don't leave, that's the crime of trespass.

"I do not need a mask", the woman says.

The footage began with the woman filming as she briskly walks through the store while an employee can be heard tailing behind her.

"I suggest you update yourself on what the Department of Human Services have put on with regards to masks and who needs to wear them".

The "Bunnings Karen" outside a Melbourne store where she challenged staff about the face mask rule.

Videos released on social media of a woman challenging Bunnings workers who asked her to wear a mask to enter a store, and calling out a post office worker have also sparked outrage.

VideoA woman refusing to wear a face mask appears to have recorded herself berating an Australia Post worker.

But outside of those regions, can a store refuse entry if you're not wearing a face mask? "We know it's the time to do it", he said.

"That's discrimination and I can have you sued personally for discriminating against me as a woman", she said.

"It is in breach of the 1948 charter of human rights to discriminate against men and women", she said. But now the focus has rightly shifted away from this woman and her nonsense, and onto the staff at Bunnings who were incredibly calm through the whole ordeal.

"I do not need a mask".

The woman turns and storms towards a female worker in a Bunnings uniform and says: "I beg your pardon?"

"The vast majority of customers visiting our Melbourne stores are doing the right thing and wearing a mask, which is required under the law and our conditions of entry".

The worker asks if the woman wants to speak with the manager, and takes her over to see her boss. Angry lady yelling about your rights, you are not being discriminated against because of any of the reasons you listed.

'No. I am allowed to do this and your discriminating against me'.

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She claimed to fear for her life as the interviewing officers were armed with guns before threatening to sue them for $60,000 (NZ$64,145) each.

"The 47-year-old man and 51-year-old woman, both from Ferntree Gully, refused to give police their details", Victoria Police said in a statement.

The woman, referred to as a "Karen", was later arrested and remained combative against police who attempted to explain to her how the law worked.

Victoria Police said they could not comment on specific cases.

"We are aware of a number of videos circulating", a police spokesperson told 9News.

Deputy national chief medical officer, Dr Nick Coatsworth, told The Today Show that these videos are "deeply disturbing".

"Wear a mask, it's not too much to ask", Mr Andrews said.

"That sort of behaviour has to stop".

"It may take a while to get used to but in all seriousness, it is just having a mask on". People are also advised to wear masks in public.

Other Victorians are expected to wear masks when the 1.5m social distancing can't be done.

There are four reasons that make Victorians exempt from wearing a mask in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.

'What's more, the nurse who will be treating you or a loved one, they will be wearing a mask, so you wear one to prevent that nurse from having to treat more patients.

What does the law say about mandatory face mask wearing?

This comes as Victoria records its deadliest day and diagnoses 459 new coronavirus cases.



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