Former child actor Ricky Schroder posted a video to Instagram confronting a Costco employee.
The employee told Schroder that he and other customers were required to wear masks in the store.
While Costco lifted its nationwide mandatory mask policy in stores, the state of California still requires them.
Former child actor and conservative activist Ricky Schroder on Saturday shared a video online that showed him berating a Costco employee for following California COVID-19 laws requiring face masks to shop in stores.
At the beginning of the 1:38 video, filmed outside a Costco store in Los Angeles and posted to Schroder's Instagram Reels page Saturday, Schroder approaches a Costco employee who is wearing a name-tag that reads "Jason." Schroder asked the employee to identify himself.
The man gestured toward his nametag, said his name was Jason and that he was a front-end supervisor at the Costco store.
"And why aren't you letting me in?" Schroder, known for his roles on "Silver Spoons" and "NYPD Blue," asked from behind the camera.
"Because in the state of California and in the county of Los Angeles, and Costco, there has been no change to our mask policy," the employee said
"Didn't you see the news?" Schroder retorted. "Nationwide Costco said you don't need to wear masks."
Costco on Friday lifted its policy requiring masks inside its US stores to slow the spread of the coronavirus, though in doing so noted that masks would still be required in locations with state or local ordinances mandating them.
The announcement followed updated guidance last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could ditch their masks in most indoor and outdoor situations.
Following last week's new guidance from the CDC, several states dropped their mandates, while others, including California, New York, and Virginia, said they planned to keep them in place for the time being.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, last week said he planned to lift the statewide mask mandate next month, around June 15.
The Costco employee told Schroder that California planned to roll back its mandate in June.
"Oh, if they allow us? If they grant us that, our kings?" Schroder said. "The people in power. You're going to listen to these people? They destroyed our economy. They're destroying our culture. They're destroying our state. And you're just going to listen to their rules?"
Schroder, clad in a pro-police hat, then panned the camera toward himself and said he was canceling his Costco membership.
"I suggest everybody in California get their refund from Costco," he said, pointing the camera back at the employee. "Give up your membership from Costco until they remove this."
"Costco is simply abiding by the law and that's the law," the employee responded.
Schroder is an outspoken conservative who last year told The New York Post he contributed "hundreds of thousands" of dollars to a bail and defense fund for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of killing two people last year during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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