Greensburg man cited after outburst in store over mask, social distancing | TribLIVE.com

A Greensburg man who became enraged after being told by a store clerk to leave for failing to wear a mask and social distance is accused by city police of making threats against employees and knocking over merchandise as he departed.

Greensburg police charged Derek P. Hart Jr., 21, on Tuesday with multiple counts of disorderly conduct and harassment and single counts of criminal mischief and violating state health orders for failing to wear a mask. The incident took place Friday afternoon at the Family Dollar store on West Pittsburgh Street.

Police reported in court documents that Hart entered the store with a woman and picked up multiple items of merchandise and headed to the cash register.

Officer Henry Fontana said an employee was checking out “an elderly female customer” ahead of Hart and noticed Hart and his companion standing close behind the other customer. The employee asked the pair to move back to the designated social distancing mark 6 feet away on the floor.

Police allege that Hart began yelling obscenities toward the employee and refused to move.

“(Hart) stated ‘(expletive) you, I’m a grown (expletive) man’,” Fontana stated in court documents.

Fontana said a manager then noticed that Hart was not wearing a face covering and asked him to leave the store. All customers are required to wear masks.

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