Pensioner with cancer abused at work for telling customers to wear masks

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Brian Clarkson, who has a heart condition and is receiving treatment for bladder cancer, has become frustrated with people flouting the coronavirus rules, which are set to increase next week. The 67-year-old man works at B&Q as a marshal and has to ensure customers abide my restrictions but he was sickened after a man, who wasn’t wearing a face covering, shouted at him in the shop.

Brian, who is a father of two, said: “One of my jobs now is to check if people have masks.

“One day a bloke came in without one, so I said: ‘Excuse me, where’s your mask?’

“He told me to F-off and shouted all kinds of abuse at me. Why should I ask people if they’re going to be like that?

“My managers said to tell them if I get abuse because they have the power to show people out if they do.

“I don’t feel bad about being on the frontline, I just wish people would follow the rules.”

Brian lives in Newland South, one of Hull’s least vaccinated areas.

And the pensioner told Hull Live he is frustrated with those who have refused to get jabbed. 

Brian and his 60-year-old wife Julie, who have both had their vaccinations and booster jabs, added: “We’ve always followed the guidance.

“It’s frustrating, people should abide by the laws.

“I see a lot of blokes stood outside the betting shops nearby, none of them are wearing masks.

“The government’s broken its own standards with the parties in Downing Street, they don’t seem to care.

“One of my brothers got really poorly with coronavirus, we think he caught it at work.

“He got very poorly with it, I was worried about him. We only visit our son and daughter now because we’re trying to be as careful as possible.

“I had my booster jab in November, I feel more reassured now but we both still stick to all the guidance to be sure.”

But only 44.9% of people in the ward, which is in west of Hull, have had both vaccinations.

Hull City Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) to dispel misunderstandings and inform residents on how the vaccines work.

However, Stephen Grant, who lives in the area, has only had one jab and said some residents are stubborn.

The 22-year-old university student added: “I was going to get the second but I couldn’t get the time off work.

“I work as a chef alongside studying, we have to give three weeks in advance to get the time off.

“I’d forgotten the date of the appointment but when I remembered it was too late and I couldn’t get it off, I had a lot going on at the time.

“People around here tend to be quite stubborn, I think that’s why some haven’t got the vaccine.

“I don’t let the anti-vaxxer stuff bother me too much, I just try and get on with things.

“Coronavirus has changed a lot for both of us, my university classes are all still online. I’m hoping things will get back to normal soon, I think everyone feels like that.”

Mark Kennington, 58, had coronavirus earlier in the pandemic but has since got vaccinated.

“I think getting the vaccine should be a personal choice, but I think the anti-vaxxers are idiots for not getting it,” Mark said.

“You need to get vaccinated to do things like go abroad on holiday, so I don’t see why people don’t just get it.

“I know a couple of people who haven’t had it, one of them says they want to wait until its proven that it works. They say they’re concerned because all the medical trials and checks seemed to be rushed.”

B&Q has been approached for comment.

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