Two women in Maryland say they were attacked while working at an ice cream shop because they asked two customers to wear masks.
Nythia Davis and her friend McKeniva drove to work Saturday at a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream shop in Edgewater.
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The trouble started when a man and woman walked in about 7:30 p.m., passing a sign on the business’ entrance clearly reading, “no mask, no service.”
Nythia and McKeniva tell News4 they asked the woman to properly wear the mask that was around her neck.
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“Her guy that she was with got upset for us asking her to pull her mask up and when we asked them to leave the store because she refused to wear the mask,” McKeniva said.
Nythia and McKeniva say they told the couple they would not serve them ice cream if they didn’t properly wear a mask.
That’s when they say the couple started attacking and punching them.
“He got very violent and I mean it just escalated really quickly,” Nythia said.
“I was scared and I was hitting him back … I had to defend myself,” McKeniva said.
The suspects sped off in a silver Nissan Altima. Anne Arundel police are searching for both of them.
Now, Mckeniva and Nythia have swollen faces and broken bones. Nythia will need eye surgery.
“I’m sad that I’m in this pandemic and people still don’t realize that they should wear their mask so we that we can overcome this pandemic,” Nythia said.
Nythia says she is hurt and angry that someone would do this.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order requires everyone over the age of five to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all facilities and businesses.