All sorts of reasons for not wearing a mask

Trump, Biden disagree; so do Mass. residents

JOE BIDEN on Tuesday called President Trump a “fool, an absolute fool” for “stoking deaths” by implying that wearing a mask in public to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus is unnecessary.

Appearing on CNN, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was referring to a retweet by Trump that appeared to mock a photo of Biden wearing a black mask. “He’s supposed to lead by example,” Biden said. “It’s costing people’s lives.”

Trump, for his part, has made his disdain for wearing masks clear, even as members of his own administration urge the public to wear them.

While most people in Massachusetts are wearing masks regularly, it’s not hard to find people who don’t. We asked a bunch of them why, and here’s what they said.

“I don’t like the government telling me what to do, never did, never will,” said Franklin Warren of West Roxbury, who was shopping at a convenience store. “Like they say up in New Hampshire — ‘Live free or die.’”

At Park Street Station in Boston, four passengers on the platform were observed without masks on.  “When I have worn a mask, it fogs up my glasses and I can’t see what the hell I’m doing,” said art history major Brooke Carr, who was waiting for the Riverside trolley to arrive. “The web says to wash the lenses with soap and water to prevent the fogging, but it didn’t work for me.”

Two emergency medical technicians were observed in a parked ambulance rig sitting next to each other in Dorchester — one wearing a mask, the other one not. “Me of all people should know better,” the maskless one said when asked why he was uncovered.  “I’ll put it on right now. Thanks.”

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South Boston resident Tony Bennedetto was walking on Broadway with a mask, but it didn’t cover his mouth and nose.  Asked about this, he said, “Dude, it’s uncomfortable, so every so often I let it down.  Don’t tell the mask police.”

A Brookline supermarket employee behind the deli counter was also observed not wearing a mask while waiting on customers.  “I tested negative so I don’t have to wear one,” was her explanation.  Told that she could have been infected after she was tested, the clerk shifted gears and said, “President Trump doesn’t wear a mask. Why should I?”