Political columnist and former Fox News radio host Todd Starnes lamented in a tweet Friday that he couldn’t buy a toaster oven without observing social distancing guidelines and rules imposed by retailers.
Then he got flamed for his attitude in the replies to his tweet.
“Dropped by a department store to buy a toaster oven,” Starnes wrote. “Mandatory hand sanitizer squirt and mask. One-way aisles and if you deviate from the approved zone for customers— they sternly lecture you. The country as we know it has been destroyed. And I still don’t have a toaster.”
Starnes’s plight didn’t resonate with many.
“Over 78,000 Americans no longer have a life anymore because they died from #COVID_19,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) wrote. “But so sorry you had to use hand sanitizer.”
Multiple major retailers, such as Walmart, Best Buy, and others are operating under coronavirus-related safety measures. Some of these, such as operating at 25% capacity, are mandated by states, while hand sanitizer and mandatory masks can be choices made by each company.
“But Congressmen, he is having to live without a toaster,” former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub wrote in a tweet. “Without a toaster! A more staggeringly heart wrenching tale has never been told.”
Others piled on.
What is unclear is that if he did go to the store, how he didn’t leave with a toaster.
*First Published: May 11, 2020, 12:10 pm
Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan’s Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.