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Mount Ephraim, NJ (June 17, 2020)--Monday evening, June 15, a customer walked into the Wawa store, Black Horse Pike, Mt. Ephraim with his two children and was allegedly assaulted by a Wawa employee for not wearing a mask.
The individual was taken to a nearby hospital by EMTs for treatment of his injuries.
A video of the incident was posted on social media but was taken down, according to our source after the individual learned he might be charged by Wawa for alleged shoplifting and for not wearing a mask in the store. The shoplifting charge came about because he didn't pay for the coffee that he had in his hand when he was supposedly attacked by the Wawa employee.
Mount Ephraim Police were contacted about the incident but refused to comment since the matter is under investigation.
A call was made to Wawa corporate headquarters in Media, Pa for a response. Although we were told someone would respond to our questions in 24 hours as of this posting we still haven't heard from them.
A quick search of the internet for similar circumstances involving Wawa customers revealed that in April at a Toms River Wawa, a 70-year-old man was arrested twice in one day for not wearing a mask in their stores. According to NBC New York, Stephen Breza went into a Wawa store on Route 37 in Toms River shortly before 11 a.m. on April 11. When he was told he had to wear a mask inside the store, Breza starting screaming and cursing at employees while flailing his arms, police said and threatened a customer that he was going to beat him with a pipe.
A Wawa employee quick his job recently after being told by a New Jersey Wawa store that he couldn’t wear a face mask in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Andre Lynch III, 20, told NBC10 he wasn’t able to attend the ongoing protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death but wanted to stand in solidarity. On Saturday, Lynch arrived at his job at the Wawa store on Rt. 38 in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, wearing a black mask with the words, “Black Lives Matter,” “Say My Name” and “I Can’t Breathe.”
“About two hours into my shift, a manager calls me inside, closes the door and says, ‘With everything that’s going on right now, I need you to take the mask off,’” Lynch told NBC10. Lynch said his manager gave him the option to wear a different mask or leave. That’s when Lynch decided to quit.
On April 10 following an executive order issued by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Wawa Inc. required all store employees and customers to wear face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The convenience-store chain also designating times for customers in high-risk groups to shop.
Effective April 10, Wawa added prominent signage in all of its 255 New Jersey stores notifying customers that the protective masks or coverings are required when out in public and while shopping at an essential business.
The stores supplemented the in-store signage with reminders through Wawa’s in-store music and audio platform, thanking New Jersey residents for complying with the order.