From reader Kim comes this letter to Half Priced Books management:
Regarding: Half Price Books at 2226 S Randall Rd S, Algonquin, IL 60102
Wednesday November 24 2021 between 1-3 PM
On Wednesday November 24th in the afternoon I went to several stores at Algonquin Commons looking for an item for my daughter.
I then decided to stop at Half Price Books to see if they had a few used books I was looking for.
Instead of searching for the books, I decided to ask the person at the register if they could look them up.
I waited in line for some time before the cashier asked for help, because the person they were waiting on was taking quite a bit of time.
A very heavy set guy came out and opened the next window.
He asked to help the next person in line and I stepped over.
He rudely asked me to put on a mask, and I told him I was not able to wear one.
He then shoved the closed sign in the window and ran to the back room.
Another guy came out and spoke very rudely to me, telling me I had to either out on a mask or leave, that he would not wait on me and that I was not welcomed in the store.
All the while the two of them were shaking and acting like I was a disease.
I asked for the second guys name and he mocked me and didn’t want to give it to me.
Finally, he wrote his name, along with a mockingly sarcastic message.
He shoved it in my direction.
Even though I hadn’t touched him or the paper he had, he had a mask on, was several feet away and had Plexiglas between us, he then roughly pumped the hand sanitizers and frantically sanitized his hands.
Again, acting like I was a disease.
I was so shocked and humiliated in the way I was treated, I could barely think straight.
Feeling that my rights have been violated, that I was discriminated against and mistreated, I decided to look around. He then proceeded to hunt me down and threatened to call the cops if I didn’t immediately leave, to which he did.
For the past year and half I have not worn a mask to most places and for the most part I have been left alone and allowed to shop. This by far was the worst treatment I have encountered.
There were a few places that right before they said if you were vaccinated you didn’t have to wear a mask that gave me some trouble or didn’t allow me service.
However, ALL of those places have since changed their stance since they said to put back on the mask if you got the covid shot.
I go to the post office, medical facilities, and all types of stores without a mask.
I even went to an event with sheriffs and judges to which there were over 75 people attending with NO social distancing and not one person had a mask on!
The other stores in the same location, Algonquin Commons, do not have an issue with people not wearing a mask.
I have over 250 documents proving that masks don’t work and that covid is not what they claim it to be.
Aside from that, the box of masks says they don’t work!
The mandate is NOT law and in fact they are breaking the law by carrying it out.
There are several businesses that have on their doors that if you have a medical or health condition to not wear a mask, that you don’t have to.
If Half Price Books believes this virus to be what they are acting it to be, then they MUST stop being hypocrites.
They need to wear protective eyewear, a N95 mask, to which they need to change out every time they touch it and every two hours.
They need to not allow in any customers that are not doing the same.
They need to be tested daily for covid.
They should be having customer’s temperature taken at the door and a rapid covid test taken.
All employees should never be allowed anywhere in public without a N95 mask on, and should be not be in contact with any one – even family members – that are not wearing a N95 at all times.
Sound a little ridiculous?
Not if this virus is what they are acting like it is.
They should not be taking the chance EVER in getting infected and passing it on to other employees or customers.
I received a call from a Daniel who contacted me after I called Customer Service.
I believe he said he was the district manager.
He claimed he was NOT the same Dan that I encountered in the store. If I find out otherwise that will be a whole other issue.
He was very cold and didn’t care what I had to say.
He told me they are not budging and I could shop online!
Yes, you have a right to your own store policies.
However, you should not put in place policies that are discriminatory towards others.
And you should certainly NOT embarrass, humiliate and mistreat a customer!
The treatment I received at Half Price Books has traumatized me.
I do not have covid. Covid has a 99.7% survival rate with no treatment for most people.
There is treatment with 100% recovery.
I was treated by Half Price Books as though I was a walking disease, even though they were hypocrites in not properly protecting themselves and others from the covid fear they were promoting.