A 75-year-old woman from Chicago has supporters on social media ready to fight for her after she posted a video detailing her run in with someone who called the coronavirus pandemic a “hoax.”
Bonnie Taylor posted the video this week and it quickly picked up steam on Twitter after being shared by Chicago rapper Disco Ric.
Taylor said she got into a verbal altercation with a younger woman at a grocery story after the woman scolded her for pulling her jacket over her mouth as a makeshift mask.
“She proceeded to yell at me and tell me I was crazy – what was wrong with me, that this was not a pandemic, this was a political hoax,” Taylor said. The run in quickly got her “South Side Polish dander up.”
Who we fighting Bonnie ! pic.twitter.com/odm4KcWjqb
— disco ric (@RicWilson) March 24, 2020
“I should have just kept on walking and I said ‘Well, if you’re not afraid, then why don’t you go to China and help people,’ and she said ‘Well god damn it, why don’t you, bitch,” Taylor continued.
She then turned emotional when talking about her daughter.
“But at that point, I had to walk away because I thought about my daughter working at hospitals trying to save lives with this pandemic,” she said. “And I thought, ya know, this woman has no idea that I’m almost 75, but I’m from Chicago and I will gladly tap her on the shoulder, and ask her to step outside, and proceed to kick her bleach blonde, 50-year-old ass.”
“Protect Bonnie at all cost and practice 6ft away & social distancing , love y’all,” Disco Ric wrote.
“Chi town Bonnie didn’t make it to 75 by playing games. I got yo back Bonnie when we riding,” another said.
“She said don’t get it twisted! I will buy these groceries and then bag you up right after!!” a third joked.
When we see this 50 year old blonde pic.twitter.com/aOALLBcuRi
— Bryan (@bryand85) March 25, 2020
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Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.