Office Depot Broke the Law – I’m Damn Mad!
“CAN’T MASK; DON’T ASK!”
We know because the research tells us (and WHO and Fauci have said so recently) that masks do nothing to prevent the spread of viral diseases. NOTHING. But today, in the Office Depot store here on Broadway in Tucson AZ, that knowledge meant nothing.
I want to share what happened to me today with you because there is so much important information here about freedom, health and law.
You know that under all the Masking Mandates if you have a health problem, you do not have to mask. That is not because of some unexpected rational data bit by a governor or mayor: in the United States, it’s the law, no matter where in the US you are.
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990 and revised in 2009. It says, in brief, that if you have a disability, it MUST be accommodated in a way that does not invade your privacy or discriminate against you. And doing so is a federal crime punishable by jail and/or fines.
So today, I was literally waiting for our Advance Sanitary Masking Directive (ASMD) cards to be delivered so we could mail them out to the hundreds of people who understand that if masking is not good for them, they can claim their right to NOT mask under ADA.
The ASMD card is designed to help make that clear to the people who want them to violate their health concerns.
They do not have to document or discuss those health concerns, just assert them. Period.
I knew that Sue, our Customer Service person, and I would need a lot of envelopes and Advance Vaccine Directive card instruction sheets for the Advance Directive cards we would be sending out starting today once the shipment of Advance Sanitary Masking Directive cards arrived, so I went to my nearby Office Depot to get copies and envelopes.
I took my Service Dog (which has to be accommodated as long as he is under control, which he is, of course – and no one can demand to know what his service to me is – that would invade my privacy under ADA) and headed out on my office supply run.
As I was walking to the copy area, an Office Depot staff person stopped me and told me that I had to wear a mask. Wrong.
I courteously told him that people with health concerns of any kind were exempt from masking requirements under the ADA. He retorted that it was “store policy” and that he had been “told that by his manager. “I replied that he needed to have his store’s legal department clarify the law for him since his store was covered by the ADA.
At that point a female employed came up and very hostilely demanded that I wear a mask immediately. I pointed out the same facts to her and asked her to contact her legal department. She became much more hostile and told me that if I did not put a mask on, she would call security.
At that point, because of the extreme (and inappropriate) hostility, raised voice, tense posture, etc., my very large German Shepherd, Timber, decided that I was being menaced (I was) and barked a warning (appropriately) at the menacing staff person.
I asked the aggressive woman to wait a moment because I wanted to have her say again what store policy was while I recorded her because she was actually violating US law and I wanted a record of it.
Oh, my! She went ballistic and screamed at me that I was not taking any videos in her store and told her fellow employee to call security to get me out of the store.
At that point, her aggression was about to trigger my very protective dog and, as much as I would have liked to see what was going to happen next, in the absence of the Advance Sanitary Masking Directive card, it seemed pretty clear that I had a dog who was ready to spring into protective action that could get him -and/or me – beaten or shot and God knows what else.
Leaving seemed a good idea to protect both Timber and me.
So I left.
When I got home, there they were: the Advance Sanitary Masking Cards were on my door step.
Sue is not only our Customer Service representative, she is also my friend who dog sits Timber for me sometimes. I will ask her to keep him for me and then I’ll go back to the same Office Depot with my camera on and present my signed, dated ASMD card AFTER I have made contact with Office Depot Corporate Headquarters. You can see the email that I sent to their CEO and Director, Gerry P. Smith, at the end of this article.
I am not going ANYWHERE without my Advance Sanitary Masking Directive card, along with my Advance Vaccine Directive card. And I am not putting a ridiculous cloth mask on my face.
How about you?
Remember, masks are political theater, not disease protection. as the more-than-a-million marchers in Germany said today, Masks are Muzzles.
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Special prices only through this month, August, 2020.
Yours in health and freedom,
PS: Here is the text of the letter I sent to the Gerry P. Smith. CEO and Director of Office Depot, https://www.officedepot.com/customerservice/customerServiceDisplay.do:
Gerry P. Smith
CEO & Director, Office Depot
Dear Mr. Smith:
I am writing to you about a serious violation of my rights under the Americans With Disability Act by your employees at the Office Depot Store at 3413 E Broadway Boulevard, Tucson AZ 85726. This violation took place on the afternoon of August 5, 2020.
I entered the store with my Service Dog and was approached by a male employee. If he had a name tag, it was not obvious to me. He told me to put on a mask. I told him that people with health issues were not required to mask under the Americans with Disability Act and the rules set forth by the State of Arizona.
He insisted that it was company policy and that I had to wear a mask to stay in the store.
I once again informed him that it was my legal right not to mask if I believed I would be harmed by that act under the ADA and asked him to check with the corporate legal department. He refused to do so and said that his manager had told him everyone had to mask (which may or may not have occurred, but your store is within the confines of the US and of Arizona and is therefore subject to US and State law).
At that point, a woman, also unidentified, came up to us and in a very aggressive manner insisted that I had to wear a mask. I repeated to her what I had told the other employee and she became verbally aggressive and insisted that I had to wear a mask.
I suggested that she needed to consult with her legal department and her level of aggression rose significantly telling me that she would do no such thing and spoke to someone unseen (phone? internal communication system?) saying “Call security” and telling me again that I had to mask or leave the store.
I decided to leave, given that her aggression was beginning to alert my German Shepherd Service Dog and I did not want her to trigger his protective behavior, which would be likely to end badly for everyone involved so I chose to leave your store. I was upset and emotionally and legally violated.
Not only did your employees not identify themselves, their training was absolutely inadequate in the actual law of both the US and Arizona. They violated my rights by refusing me service under circumstances in which I had the right to be served in a non-discriminatory manner. They were aggressive and disrespectful toward me, heedless of whether or not their public aggression humiliated and demeaned me. They threatened me with ejection from your store for the “offense” of asserting my legally protected right under the laws of the country and state.
I am a 76 year old woman and I felt physically intimidated and threatened by your staff. The disrespect and illegal abridgment of my rights by your ill-trained and ill-mannered staff is appalling.
I am also the Medical Director of a large health freedom organization with whose supporters I am sharing this outrageous corporate behavior.
I look forward to your prompt and helpful response and to being assured that your staff is being trained to understand and support the rights of people protected by statute and regulation to move about freely without being subjected to arbitrary and capricious, illegal restrictions that violate their rights.
Yours in health and freedom,
Rima E. Laibow, MD
Natural Solutions Foundation