With the CDC announcing that fully vaccinated people can safely go without masks in certain situations (and depending on local rules), former child actor and vocal Trump supporter Ricky Schroder visited a Los Angeles Costco and proceeded to get into it with a store employee because the updated regulations apparently confused him. Fortunately, he filmed the whole thing.
“Why aren’t you letting me in?” Schroder demands of a man who identifies himself as Jason, a front end supervisor, in footage posted to Facebook Sunday.
“Because,” Jason replies, “in the state of California and the County of Los Angeles, and Costco, there has been no change in—”
“But there has been!” Schroder interrupts. “Didn’t you see the news? You didn’t see the news. Nationwide, Costco has said you don’t need to wear masks.”
“Actually, that’s not accurate,” Jason informs Schroder. “What is accurate is that Costco always goes above and beyond when following the law, and the mandate in California has not changed.”
Indeed, the Silver Spoons and NYPD Blue star seems to have missed the CDC’s caveat stating, “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
When Jason offers that some state and local officials predict mandatory masking could be over by mid-June, Schroder says, “Oh, if they allow us? If they grant us that—our kings? The people in power?”
As Jason reasons with Schroder, the performer declares, “You’re going to listen to these people? They’ve destroyed our economy, they’re destroying our culture, they’re destroying our state!”
Schroder then insists on a refund and attempts to drag others into his curbside crusade, calling, “Give up your membership to Costco until they remove this. I’m suggesting everybody in California get a refund until this rule is lifted.”
While there’s been no statewide run on Costco following the tantrum, Schroder returned to Facebook Monday to apologize.
“Jason, nothing personal,” he said. “I was trying to make a point to the corporate overlords and sorry that I had to use you to do it.”
This was not Schroder’s first right-wing rodeo.
In November, he donated $150,000 to help bail out Kyle Rittenhouse after the teen shot and killed two people during a demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and then called the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department when he “felt threatened by” a social media comment, though the LASD found the statement “did not meet the criteria of Criminal Threats.”
In December, Schroder went bananas over the election of Joe Biden, promising to protest the result.
“God Willing,” he wrote on Parler, “…on January 20th I will be in Washington DC to Celebrate President Trumps [sic] Inauguration.” Should democracy let him down, he warned, “I will March on the Communist Capitol Inaugural Event to Demand Election Security for 2020 and all future Elections.”
It’s unclear if he ever followed through on his threat.
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