Wearing Face Masks: The Thingerie volunteers are not ‘mask police’

Wearing Face Masks: The Thingerie

From: Karen Ruhe, Mo Basham and Kim Smith Grubbs, Managers of The Thingerie
Rebuttal to the Letter Submitted by Autumn Davidson Regarding the Wearing of Masks at The Thingerie

In response to Autumn’s letter regarding the wearing of masks at The Thingerie, we would like to offer additional information that was not included in Autumn’s letter. Wearing Face Masks: The Thingerie

One of our managers spoke directly to Autumn about her concerns prior to the publishing of her letter. Our manager assured Autumn that our store policy is that all our volunteers wear a mask whenever customers are in the store and that we have posted on our door and in our store the Governor’s mandate to wear a mask. Additionally, our volunteers have been asked to remind those customers that come into the store without a mask on that they need to wear a mask per the Governor’s mandate. We also have available for purchase in our store, face masks for those customers who may have forgotten their mask at home or in their car. Beyond that reminder, our volunteers have not and will not be required to confront any customers over the wearing or not of a mask in our store. This is for their safety as much as anything and we are not going to become the “mask police” regardless of the opinions of the those that think we should be. This was obviously not enough effort on our part for Autumn and so she felt it necessary to attempt to tarnish the reputation of our volunteers and our store. Wearing Face Masks: The Thingerie

We do our best to ensure that our volunteers understand the mask requirements. All of our current volunteers have agreed that as a part of volunteering for their shifts, they will wear a mask in the store at all times that customers are present. Having said that, again we are dealing with volunteers, giving of their own free time, working for a not for profit store, that provides tremendous services and assistance to this community. We, as the managers of The Thingerie, stop by the store as often as we can to check on our volunteers to see if they need any assistance or have any questions. And yes, to check and make sure that they are wearing a mask. When we have come across a volunteer who at the time of our visit is not wearing a mask, we remind them of the requirement to do so. And in almost all cases the volunteer will have simply forgot to pull their mask back up after having removed it to take a drink of water or having had it off when there were no customers in the store. Believe me, it is easy to do as we, the managers, have each found ourselves in the same situation at one time or the other. It is not intentional, it just happens. Such was the case in both instances that Autumn noted in her letter. And we are certain that it will occur again, from time to time. Why, because we are only human, and things like this just happen.

It is really disappointing and insulting that Autumn would label our volunteers as “ignorant and inconsiderate.” These are hard-working, gracious women who do not deserve to be labeled as such. They give of their time freely for the good of our community. It is ignorant and inconsiderate for anyone to label these women as anything other than the wonderful volunteers that they are.

The Thingerie is the fundraising arm of the Three Rivers Woman’s Club.

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13 thoughts on “Wearing Face Masks: The Thingerie volunteers are not ‘mask police’

  • October 19, 2020 at 8:56 am
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    It was interesting in Visalia, for a few months both Home Depot & WinCo had ‘mask bouncers’ at the entrance, no mask-no entry. Fast forward to today, and my last few visits to both establishments have had voluntary 100% mask compliance within the stores, which is kind of shocking seeing how far right the Central Valley is politically.

    In contrast i’m mostly embarrassed by our performance in Three Rivers, the Riverview has an ‘Eric Cartman’ policy regarding masks (I do what I WANT!) and other stores are varying in degree of slipshodness. Covid is kicking in for another bad round of contraction and what will it take for us to take this seriously, a superspreader event that didn’t have to happen, or a number of locals dying?

    We’re much more susceptible to the virus, being so close to Sequoia NP which attracts people from all over the country, a much better chance at hitting the Covid lottery.

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    • October 20, 2020 at 11:30 am
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      Thank you John. I really hope it doesn’t take the loss of a 3R resident to get people on board with this.

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  • October 21, 2020 at 4:46 pm
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    It is possible to discuss concerns about ignorant (uninformed) and inconsiderate (rude and/or dismissive) BEHAVIOR without that being a personal attack or character assassination. I know Dr. Davidson has volunteered remarkable hours, free services, and nonprofit rattlesnake venom clinics here in 3R for years. The Thingerie is great and Dr. Autumn Davidson is awesome. Her Board Certification in Infectious Diseases proves her expert competency to discuss infectious disease .processes. such as COVID-19 pandemic considerations.

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  • October 23, 2020 at 7:45 am
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    It is puzzling to me that masks, a safe Simple device to protect from a virus, has become an issue to divide people who are actually trying to be helpful spirits. I donated to the Thingerie the other day. The women who took our donation did not have masks on. The three of us did because we are protecting people around us that might be with compromised illnesses. We did not say anything to our lovely neighbors who accepted the donation. We worked fast and left fast. I will not shop there because I fear exposure and want to protect my husband. Please stop saying people like the good doctor is rude for truth telling. I am not mad at you for not wearing mask. But you must know I will not spend money at Thingerie and take a chance on my husbands life. 😍

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  • October 23, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    I do not believe that requesting politely is “tarnishing”. Thank you Dr. Davidson for ALL YOU DO. & it is unfortunate that your genuine And polite concern for the safety and health of OUR community has been met with Rancor.
    I do not believe Your Polite request or comments harm or diminish the Invaluable contributions the Thingerie provide.

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  • October 24, 2020 at 7:37 am
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    Oh, my. I usually don’t read comments to articles but, somehow, I stumbled across these. Let’s see if we can remove some of the “heat”, and put on our better angels, here. If not, at least I tried. As some have noted, Autumn was describing behavior that worried her. She was not describing people. We shouldn’t take offense where none was intended. Deep breaths, instead. Next “hot” point: The idea that a devoted member of the Three Rivers Woman’s Club would tarnish the reputation of the Woman’s Club’s “Thingerie” thrift shop is illogical. Nothing of the kind occurred and nothing of the kind was intended. Do I sound like Spock from Star Trek? Maybe so, but let’s take some deep breaths, again, and think about it. Autumn donates to the Thingerie, loves the Club, and loves the women in it. Ditto, for me. I donate to the Thingerie, love the Club, and love the women in it. She worries about the virus. I worry about the virus. I also worry about bringing it home to my husband Peter, and Peter bringing it to our first responder paramedics and EMTs where he works, If our paramedics and EMTs get sick, there is no one to help us when we need help the most. As a result, I wear a mask and gloves whenever I go out, just in case. The gloves are reusable, and washing them keeps me from having to scrub my hands quite as often! I go where and when I feel safe. I hope everybody will understand that my behavior and this comment are not meant as criticisms of people or businesses. We all love our little town, and I know we are all hoping that Three Rivers gets through this without losing our most precious resource – our people. Love to all, Leah

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  • October 26, 2020 at 6:11 pm
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    FREEDOM ! GOD BLESS THE USA !!!

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