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Viral Video Shows Customers Fighting Bat-Wielding Cookie Store Owner Over Mask Rule

Viral Video Shows Customers Fighting Bat-Wielding Cookie
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Two people have been arrested and accused of assaulting a cookie store owner after they refused to wear masks in her store.

A viral video of the incident, which occurred on Wednesday, according to news station KOIN, shows them entering the store, Crumb Together, in Eugene, Oregon. The owner tells them that they can’t come into the store unmasked.

“Don’t you offer your services to the public?” asks a man who is not visible but is holding the camera that’s recording the interaction.

“Yes, but the state requires that you need to be masked to come anywhere inside,” the owner responds.

The man goes on to argue that the owner can’t deny him service under federal law, while the owner maintains that she can.

The owner asks the pair to leave and approaches the other person, a woman, who tells the owner not to touch her.

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“The worst thing you could do is put your hands on me right now,” the woman says.

The owner doesn’t touch her, but the woman pushes the owner, who then moves behind the counter to retrieve a baseball bat.

“Get out right now, I have the right to use reasonable force once I’ve asked you to leave and you don’t leave. Get out right now,” the owner states. As she approaches, the woman grabs the bat, and people in the store can no longer be seen clearly in the frame as an altercation begins.

Two people have been arrested and accused of assaulting a cookie store owner after they refused to wear masks in her store. Above, a person walks through an open Cookies store on June 8, 2020 in New York.
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A few seconds later, the woman and the store owner can be seen fighting. The man holding the camera exits the store, saying, “Somebody call the police on this lady.” The two women can still be seen fighting, and the owner can be heard screaming.

Eventually, the woman exits the store, and the man states, “You don’t get to f****ing assault people and run a business.”

The video of the altercation has been shared widely on social media. A version of the video posted to Twitter by Ron Filipkowski had been viewed more than 550,000 times as of Saturday.

Ricki Collin and Amy Hall were arrested in Eugene, OR after they assaulted a bakery store owner over masks. The couple travels around harassing business owners in the area. (Physical altercation and profanity warning). pic.twitter.com/nTUiakAmUA

— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) November 5, 2021

The man and woman were later identified as Ricki Scott Collin and Amy Verlee Hall, of Portland, according to KOIN.

News station KABC reported that Collin and Hall showed police officers their footage, and said they had been attacked. They were then arrested for assault.

KOIN reported that the owner was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the altercation.

The cookie shop has received support from people across the country in the wake of the incident.

“Thank you all for your amazing support, compassion, love and understanding. We’ve had a helluva day,” Crumb Together wrote on Twitter Thursday.

“However, we have more orders than we can fulfill so we had to shut off our online store. Please check back with us next week,” the store added.

Thank you all for your amazing support, compassion, love and understanding.

We’ve had a helluva day.

However, we have more orders than we can fulfill so we had to shut off our online store.

Please check back with us next week.

Thank You All.

— Crumb Together (@CrumbTogether) November 5, 2021

Newsweek reached out to police in Eugene for more details about the incident, but did not hear back before publication on Saturday afternoon.

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