You probably already know where I'm going here.

I visited a local shop and before I even made it to the door I encountered a sign that said "We request you wear a mask." Not "you have to wear a mask" or "no entry without a mask," just "We request you wear a mask."

I don't know why anybody would have a problem throwing one on when asked so nicely and respectfully, but I'm sure somebody was filling their pants with rage pudding at even being asked.

I threw on the mask and went inside where I was promptly set upon by ne're-do-wells who stole my rights! There I was, standing in the store, stripped of my rights. That's how this works, after all -- if you give 'em an inch, then they take a mile. I quickly completed my shopping and left the store. When I got outside, I took my mask off and found that I had never lost my rights at all; I just did something nice for people who asked nicely.

It's that simple, gang. It's respect for one another. No one lost out on anything. No one was made to feel uncomfortable. It was completely no harm, no foul.

I've had two COVID-19 shots. If I get the butter-lung, there's a 99.9 percent chance that I'll survive it. I don't have to wear a mask. For the one billionth time, wearing a mask keeps a person from spreading whatever may be lurking in them.

I have to admit that I wouldn't be upset if I passed it along to someone who was unvaxxed and unmasked because that's the only way they'll learn. My concern is for the people who truly can't be vaxxed because they're special needs or have allergies or there's some other mitigating factor.

You may be asked to put on a mask again soon. Just do it. Be considerate. Show a little compassion for the human race.

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