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Retiree surprised to be visited by police for not wearing a mask

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James Lang, a resident of Geraldine, said police visited him at home just hours after he went out to pick up supplies and forgot to take his mask late last month.

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James Lang, a resident of Geraldine, said police visited him at home just hours after he went out to pick up supplies and forgot to take his mask late last month.

A retiree from Geraldine was surprised to receive a visit from the police late last month, after forgetting to wear his face mask when shopping.

James Lang, 78, said he usually wore a mask when going out, but was on autopilot when he entered Geraldine Pharmacy to take a prescription on October 28.

“My feet have a better memory than my head.”

“I entered there without a mask. I approached the counter, no one said anything.

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Lang said he was about to leave the pharmacy when a member of staff told him to put on a mask.

He said he had been home for a few hours when police arrived to talk to him about the mask’s compliance.

“Talk about things getting out of hand,” Lang said.

Lang said he told police he wasn’t trying to make a point and just forgot to put on his mask.

James Lang, pictured at the home, questioned the brutality of police visiting him because he forgot to wear a mask.

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James Lang, pictured at the home, questioned the brutality of police visiting him because he forgot to wear a mask.

He said the policeman was polite and pleasant.

“He said if you forget again, come to the police station and take a mask. “

But, Lang said he was surprised at what he thought was an overreaction.

“We shouldn’t be checking him like that, sending the police around.” “

“It gets a bit quick when the police come to an old place like this. “

Police confirmed the incident.

“Police visited a man in Geraldine last week and reminded him of the requirements for wearing face coverings in accordance with the health ordinance,” said the spokesperson for the police media team. , Abi.

Police confirmed they visited a man in Geraldine and reminded him of the requirements for wearing face coverings.  (File photo)

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Police confirmed visiting a man in Geraldine and reminded him of the requirements for wearing face coverings. (File photo)

Lang said he is now traveling to the nearby town of Temuka to visit the pharmacist and that he intends to bypass the local pharmacy in the future.

Geraldine pharmacy owner Laura Pinn said she was limited by how many talks she can have about the event.

“I can’t really give a lot of information. Obviously we’re a health care center, so I can’t reveal that people were here or that it happened, something like that. It’s related to people’s access to health care, so we’re really limited.

“But we still practice according to the guidelines of the Department of Health, so this is where we leave what we follow.”

“At this point all we want to say is that the pharmacy is practicing in accordance with all Ministry of Health guidelines, and we don’t want to comment further. “