Surf Shop Customer Vandalizes Store Over Mask Mandate
By edhat staff
A surf shop in Carpinteria is sharing a video of a customer vandalizing their store after refusing to comply with the county's mask mandate.
A-Frame Surf Shop, located at 3785 Santa Claus Lane, posted surveillance video and images to their Instagram page on Wednesday of the suspect and his family.
"HELP US FIND THIS GUY! This evening right before we closed this guy verbally assaulted my wife and vandalized our store and destroyed inventory all because we kindly asked him to please put on a face covering to comply with our county guidelines. No one deserves to feel unsafe at work. Please help us hold the man accountable! Please share this video," the shop's owner stated.
The video shows a male in his 30s with blonde hair, a goatee, and a tattoo on his inner right arm, entering the surf shop with two young children on Wednesday after 4:00 p.m.
According to the owners of the shop, the customer arrived with his family who was not wearing face masks. Per the COVID-19 ordinance by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, face masks are required for entry into any indoor establishment regardless of vaccination status.
The customer became extremely angry for being asked to wear a mask and verbally assaulted the employee, who happened to be the owner's wife. Before leaving he threw a piece of merchandise that shattered and damaged the store's wall.
Anyone with information on this person is encouraged to contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office at (805) 683-2724.
Videos and photos are provided below: