A customer has ranted at retail worker after she asked him to give his name and phone number before entering a pet store.
Norm Collins filmed his run in with the young employee at Animates in Nelson, New Zealand, and posted it online, explaining he was ‘standing up for privacy rights’.
In the video, the staffer said she could not allow him inside the store unless he provided her his personal information for contact tracing. She said the store was following government guidelines following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
‘It is not my choice – I am following what my company has told me, and what they have been told by the Government,’ she said in the video.
The woman suggested Mr Collins shop online if he were opposed to handing over his details.
Instead, Mr Collins compared her request to Nazi Germany.
He said her claim that she was just following orders was similar to the defence used by Nazi war criminals who were tried in Nuremberg following World War II.
The video was filmed on May 13, when business owners had, in fact, been asked to collect data from customers to make contact tracing easier in the case of an outbreak.
Those orders have since been relaxed as New Zealand succeeds in flattening the curve of infections.
While Mr Collins believes he acted within his rights throughout the encounter, other viewers of the footage think he was out of line.
Norm Collins filmed his run in with the young employee at Animates in Nelson, New Zealand, and posted it online, explaining he was ‘standing up for privacy rights’
‘She did really well to deal with such a difficult lettucehead – I would not have been so polite,’ one YouTube viewer wrote.
Mr Collins shared a new video in which he noted his critics are simply ‘shooting the messenger’.
‘I was standing up for everybody – shoot the messenger – that’s fine – I’m standing up for not only my rights, but your rights as well,’ Mr Collins said.
‘The point I was making there was, out of the Nuremberg trials came the fact that breaching people’s individual human rights in ‘just doing your job’ is no excuse.’
‘Rules are not laws, and when you’re being asked to follow rules that breach people’s individual privacy and their rights, then you need to be questioning the individuals who are asking you to.’
The woman suggested Mr Collins shop online if he were opposed to handing over his details
Source: Daily Mail New Zealand