A woman who was caught without a face covering while shopping in a supermarket was quick to come up with an alternative solution.
Footage has emerged of the moment a customer whipped off her underwear and put them over her nose and mouth to placate a security guard during a row in South Africa.
The viral incident was filmed at a Pick n Pay supermarket. The woman was asked to put on a mask – as is the law in South Africa – but claimed she did not have one.
After the staff member threatens to remove her from the store, the woman then reaches under her dress and takes off her undies to use instead.
Another female shopper, reportedly the same woman who went viral earlier in the week for telling supermarket staff to remove their face masks, says ‘well done’ and appears to congratulate the woman.
However, the shopper’s actions were criticised by many online who told her to ‘grow up.’
One Facebook user said: ‘Stay at home and do online shopping if you don’t like the idea of wearing a mask.’
Another commented: ‘This makes me sick. She is aware of the law worldwide. We have a serious virus and (she thinks) a G-string will save her. Come on grow up. What must your family think?’
In December 2020, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa stressed that not wearing a face mask in public is a criminal offence.
He said: ‘A person who does not wear a mask could be arrested and prosecuted. On conviction, they will be liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both a fine and imprisonment.’
The country was the first place where a highly infectious new variant of the disease was discovered.
Cases of the so-called ‘South African strain’ have now spread around the globe amid fears it that it might be more resistant to vaccines.
The country is seen nearly 50,000 deaths and 1.5million cases from Covid since the pandemic began almost a year ago.
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