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Austin business owners deal with backlash enforcing mask mandates
{p}One north Austin business owner says he was threatened after refusing service to someone without a mask. (Photo/video: ABC Liquor){/p}

The City of Austin has had over 100 mask complaints since Governor Abbott lifted the statewide mask mandate. Some businesses say they're dealing with backlash from customers because of the order.

One north Austin business owner says he was threatened after refusing service to someone without a mask.

{p}One north Austin business owner says he was threatened after refusing service to someone without a mask.{/p}

"It's definitely become more of an issue now," said Raymond Morin, Store Director at ABC Liquor.

Surveillance video from over the weekend, shows one of their cashiers asking a customer to put a mask on when he gets upset.

The video then shows the man launching at the cashier, punching the plexiglass.

One north Austin business owner says he was threatened after refusing service to someone without a mask. (Photo/video: ABC Liquor)

"Some of the customers coming in are very angry that we ask them to still wear the mask," said Morin.

Morin says the business is requiring masks to enter the store. He says they've had several issues since Governor Abbott lifted the state's mask mandate, "One customer took her mask off coughed and spit in the store, another woman came in she knocked over a display that was just Saturday night because I asked her to put on a mask."

Morin says even though the Governor allows businesses to continue requiring masks, there is a divide of people who think they don’t have to, "It seems like people they're not intimidated by us asking them and I feel like they're definitely pushing back."

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Austin 311 has received over 100 mask covering complaints since the Governor’s order was lifted last Wednesday. The majority of those complaints were from businesses.

Morin says he hopes that those who prefer not to wear a mask will see it as a common courtesy, "We just ask our customers who come in to have their mask on. They're not in the store that long it's just for our protection as well as theirs."

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