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The free mask scam

Look, it’s no big deal, but, hey, human behaviour some days has me shaking my head.

We have a box of masks just inside the door, for anyone to take a mask if they need it. Several times we have seen shoppers, usually older males, take a mask, hold it to their face, walk over to the newspapers, flick through a couple of pages, and then leave, and go to the cake shop or chemist on either side of us.

Is it the free mask they are after? Or, do they want to see if there is any major news and they think holding a mask to their face is the only ay they can do that in our shop?

We’ll continue to offer free masks as the use some make of them is entertaining.


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