Maine Man Allegedly Hits Grocery Store Owner With His Car Over Mask Dispute


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A man from Maine is accused of hitting a grocery store owner with his car after he was told to wear a mask.

Robert Sanborn, a 63-year-old man from Hiram, was arrested and charged with felony reckless conduct after he attempted to hit the owner of the Shop’n Save in Cornish with his car officials said, according to a report from WMTW 8 News.

Mark Call, who owns the store along with his brother, asked Sanborn to wear a mask, the outlet reported. The situation escalated, and Call asked Sanborn to leave the store, which is when he proceeded to hurl his cart full of groceries at the owner. (RELATED: Woman Barred From Pet Store For Refusing To Wear A Mask Calls 911)

The owners followed Sanborn out to his car to write down his license plate to report to law enforcement, according to WMTW 8 News, and surveillance footage shows the man backing out of the spot, hitting Call with his car.

“I stepped over as he backed out. I stepped into the parking space that he backed out of and I saw him put it in neutral and looked him right in the face and I couldn’t’ believe it,” Call told the outlet. “He put it in drive and just drove straight at me.”

Gov. Janet Mills issued a new executive order on Friday that requires all store owners to reject the entry of people without a face covering. Businesses that refuse to comply could have their operating license revoked by the state, and violators of executive orders face up to 180 days in prison and a $1,000 fine.