VIDEO: Woman coughs on customer at Queens bagel shop after being called out for not wearing mask

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June 14, 2020 - 6:59 pm
Mask-less woman coughs Queens bagel shop

Allison Goodbaum/Facebook


Warning: The video below contains profanity.

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A woman purposely coughed at a customer in a Queens bagel shop after she was called out for not wearing a mask, according to video posted by the woman who says she was coughed on.

The altercation was captured on video at the New York City Bagel & Coffee House on Broadway in Astoria on June 6.

The customer, Allison Goodbaum, posted video of the confrontation to Facebook, writing that the mask-less woman became angry when she overheard her telling an employee that the shop should enforce rules about masks.

Goodbaum wrote that the woman “became enraged yelling at me calling me names claiming she has covid antibodies and doesn’t need to wear a mask in public.”

“She then proceeded to come towards me and repeatedly cough on me as seen in this video,” Goodbaum wrote.

Video shows the woman swearing and coughing before appearing to walk towards the exit. She has been labeled a “Karen” on social media for the outburst.

New York City Bagel & Coffee House released a statement on its Facebook page, saying in part, “The behavior of the woman is unacceptable in our establishment.”

The shop said their policy is for all customers to wear masks and that the staff and cashier “were frightened from the behavior of this woman.”

“No customer should be treated like this, especially during these difficult times where we should all stick together to get through this,” the shop wrote, adding that the woman was banned from all its locations.

Weill Cornell Medicine, where the coughing woman once worked, tweeted that she hadn’t been an employee there since January.

“As an institution on the COVID-19 frontlines, this behavior is shocking & abhorrent to us. Since WCM's mission is to protect the health & wellbeing of all NYers, we condemn this flagrant disregard of public safety,” the hospital wrote.

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