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Man seen at Colorado grocery store wearing a KKK hood with a swastika

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  • Amid the pandemic, Coloradans have been asked to cover their faces in public, when social distancing isn’t possible.
  • One man was spotted at a grocery store, wearing what appeared to be a Ku Klux Klan hood. It also had a swastika and peace sign on it.
  • He refused to leave so store employees called police, but he was gone by the time officers responded to reports of trespassing. 
  • On Monday, a man in Southern California was spotted at a supermarket dressed in a similar hood, but told law enforcement officers that the hood was “not intended to be a racial statement.”
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As the coronavirus pandemic rages across the United States, people are being asked to cover their faces in public to keep from picking up the infection, when social distancing isn’t possible. 

But a man in Dillon, Colorado, shocked customers on Thursday when he showed up to a City Market grocery store, wearing what appeared to be a Ku Klux Klan hood that also featured a swastika and peace sign. 

The man was asked to leave the shop, but refused, so police were called to the scene, the Summit Daily News reported. He was gone when officers responded around 12:40 p.m. to reports of trespassing, said Police Chief Mark Heminghous, who is seeking the public’s help in tracking down the man.

“Right now, they’re trying to identify him, contact him and take it from there,” Kerstin Anderson, Dillon’s director of communications, told the Summit Daily News. “Obviously, we take this kind of action very seriously.”

A spokesperson for City Market issued a statement to 9News, saying employees “embrace diversity and inclusion” in their stores and urged customers to do the same.

“Our store leaders are empowered to swiftly and respectfully address anyone who disregards these values, which includes blatant symbols of hate and intolerance,” the statement said. 

A photograph of the man is making the rounds on social media.

This isn’t the first time such an incident has occurred.

A man in a Klan hood was seen shopping at a Vons store in Southern California on Monday, CBS News reported.

Charges weren’t pressed by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department because the unnamed man said wearing the hood was “not intended to be a racial statement.” He claimed to be following the state’s order to wear face masks in places of business.

“It was a mask, and it was stupid,” he said, per CBS.

 

Even so, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said the Santee community was “rightfully disgusted at this man’s despicable behavior.”

“This incident should serve as a reminder for anyone contemplating wearing or displaying items so closely associated with hate and human suffering that our society does not hold in high regard those who do so,” the department said in a statement, CBS reported.

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