A woman in Manhattan Beach has been caught on video after throwing a hot cup of coffee in a man's face after he refused to put on a mask when she demanded that he don one.
California's new social distancing requirements order people to wear masks in public even when they're outside, especially if they're within six feet of another person. When accosted by the woman, the two men said they didn't believe in masks, and refused when she demanded that they put one on.
According to a report by Fox 11, James Hernandez and his friend Matthew Roy were eating burritos outside while out in public in Manhattan Beach without masks on. They said they had just sat down to eat when a woman - who was walking with her well-dressed boyfriend - stopped and demanded they put their masks on.
Hernanez caught everything that happened next on camera. He wears a bodycam, he says, because he is frequently accosted for being a Trump supporter, and having the stones to wear his Make America Great Again hat in public.
Here's more from Fox 11:
“Y’all need to be wearing masks,” the woman can be heard saying.
“No we don’t,” Hernandez replies. “We’re locals here but were on the other side of the fence, we don’t believe in this stuff."
“I hadn’t even gotten to start eating the burrito yet before someone wanted to give me a mask lecture,” Roy said.
“I guess the guy really wanted to impress his girlfriend because I was pretty dismissive, I thought when I turned my back on them they would just move on, but he wanted to stand there and engage me."
Roy says the woman then stuck her middle finger in his face, and tensions escalated further until she threw her coffee in his face.
Roy immediately gets up, and begins punching the woman’s boyfriend in response.
“She decided to slam her coffee into my head and that’s when I decided to get up and beat up her boyfriend,” Roy said.
“I got a few licks in and I have brothers at home and as soon as the gentleman or the gentler man said stop, I did, I backed off."
The bloodied man called police and reported he’d been assaulted.
The man called the police to report that he had been assaulted (a total alpha move), but after a brief investigation, neither the man, nor Hernandez, nor the woman, were arrested. The couple in the video haven't been identified.
Watch a clip of the attack in the report below: