Lots of people are doing everything they can to curb the spread of COVID-19. But unfortunately, there are still people who ignore social distancing guidelines, won’t stay home if they’re sick, and refuse to wear a face covering.

Then, there are those who go further than noncompliance—like the unmasked woman who deliberately coughed on a brain tumor patient. 

On June 25, Heather Sprague, a mom of 10 from Jacksonville, Florida, who's being treated for her brain tumor at the Mayo Clinic, took a rare trip out of her home for an appointment in the center of her local town. While she waited for her appointment time, she put on her face mask and went into a Pier 1 store in St. Johns Town Center to get out of the heat. 

“Yesterday I learned firsthand the power of conscientious bystanders. It took 30 seconds to end 15 minutes of aggressive harassment. There were two small children wandering around the store unattended for an extended period, and the little guy was doing the potty dance,” Sprague wrote on Facebook. “It became apparent that they belonged to a woman at the register who was becoming increasingly belligerent. She was screaming at, swearing, insulting, and threatening the staff as she demanded to return an item she didn’t have with her, just a photo of the item on her phone.”

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