- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2020

MILFORD, Del. (AP) - A Delaware distillery owner threatened to point a shotgun at anyone who tries to enter his store wearing a mask, a news outlet reported.

Eric Fibelkorn made the threat on Sunday in a Facebook message that was later deleted, saying that people who come into Feebs Distilling Co. in Milford with a mask on would “be met with a 12-gauge to the face,” The Delaware News Journal reported, citing a screenshot of the post.

Fibelkorn posted the message shortly after the Centers for Disease Control released guidance advising people to wear face coverings in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fibelkorn defended his message in an interview with the newspaper, saying that while he understands customers wanting to follow the guidelines, he cannot risk a robbery. Now he’s installing lockers so that patrons can call ahead and pick up their bottles without coming into the store.

“We consider it an attempted armed robbery if someone walks in with a mask on and that’s why we’re eliminating people coming in 100 percent,” he told The News Journal. “We are going to do what we have to do to protect ourselves and our business.”

Milford and Delaware State Police said they haven’t seen an increase in crimes by people wearing masks.

“It hasn’t been an issue for the most part,” Milford Police Lt. Edward Huey told the newspaper.

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