A bit after noon, on Friday, January 15, Anne Arundel County police say Daniel Spencer Glotselty, of Baltimore, was in the Subway restaurant at 337 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie, and refused an employees request to wear a mask.
The department said Glotselty became disorderly and “acted as if he was going to throw a drink on the cashier,” according to a statement. The officers arrested and charged Glotselty.
Occurrences of mask-order violations in Anne Arundel County, that have led to arrest have been uncommon, according to the department’s Sergeant Kam Cook.
“(It’s) not very common at all,” Cook said “It’s been the police department’s position that we are educational first.”
Cook recalled a few instances where there had been situations arising from emergency order incidents that resulted in criminal investigations. Those included a Coldstone Creamery incident in Edgewater. and a bowling alley incident in Glenn Burnie.
The Arundel Journal also reported that trouble in effectively implementing mask requirements with resistant patrons, helped to prematurely end unscheduled public access to its buildings last summer.
But incidents that have progressed to criminal investigations appear to be very limited, according to AACPD.
“It’s been a very few, and we’re coming up on a year,” Cook confirmed. Officers responding to such incidents even carry extra masks, so that citizens can offer them to people who may be violating an order.”
Cook said altercations that arise from incidents often have to do with the personalities of the people involved, in addition to their view on mask-wearing.
“A lot of any issue involving disagreements deals with personality,” he said. “If we can bring a calm approach to the situation, whatever the situation might be, more than likely that can resolve it. At least that’s the first attempt.”
Much of the decision to implement mask-usage is left to business owners. When asked, Cook said, the mask policy might be seen as similar to the “No Shoes, No shirt, No service” policy that has implemented by many American businesses for decades.
“The police department’s stance is that we’ll be there to enforce the law and ensure that there is safety and education,” the sergeant said.