Flint, Mich. – On May 1, Friday, the son of an enraged customer shot Family Dollar security guard Calvin Munerlyn in the head. He had asked the daughter of a female customer to wear a mask before entering the store.
The female customer, Sharmel Teague, resisted the request. According to the statement by the Genesee County Prosecutor, David Leyton, Sharmel Teague raised her voice at Munerlyn before driving away. Munerlyn had told the cashier not to serve Sharmel Teague and her daughter, as they were not wearing face masks.
Calvin Munerlyn was upholding various state executive orders. These orders encourage customers to wear homemade masks or face coverings when entering public spaces. Executive orders strictly holds employers and employees to the mask and social distancing rules. However, customers are only strongly encouraged to comply. In grocery stores and establishments that sell food, like Family Dollar, customers must wear masks.
Twenty minutes after Sharmel Teague left the store, her husband and son arrived. They threatened and confronted Munerlyn before shooting him in the head. The police arrested Sharmel right away, and officers gave chase to her husband and son. The Prosecutor’s Office charged all three in the shooting.
County Commissioner Bryant Nolden told the press, “We need to stop the senseless violence in the community. This was totally uncalled for—he didn’t bother a soul. All he wanted to do was take care of his family, and he always had his kids with him.”
Munerlyn’s cousin, Tina James, was more vocal. “This is senseless. Over a mask. Over a mask? This is not the way to do things right now.”
Security guards enforce store policies wherever they work. If executive or government orders back up the store policies, so much the better. In this case, Calvin Munerlyn was conscientiously fulfilling his role to keep both employees and customers safe.
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