Meet Toronto resident Letitia Montana.
On Saturday, Montana thought she had broken her finger, – turns out it was only sprained – so she visited St. Joseph's Health Care Centre to receive medical treatment. Alas, treatment was denied to her when Montana refused to wear a mask.
She filmed her encounter with a nurse pleading her case, but her requests fell on deaf ears. Said Montana on the video: "I have to wear a mask? Otherwise you're going to deny me service if I don't wear a mask?"
The nurse, decked out in scrubs, gloves and a mask nods in the affirmative indicating that this is indeed hospital policy. Eventually, three security guards escorted Montana from the premises.
Montana then posted the video on social media, where it has been viewed more than six million times. She claims that she cannot wear a mask even for a short period because she has trouble breathing. She also has doubts about the effectiveness of wearing masks.
Watch above, as we recently caught up with Montana to interview her about the incident and the fierce fallout.
The feedback on social media has been passionate. While some praise her for taking a principled stance, many have condemned her for being reckless and selfish. Montana says she has even received death threats.
Bottom line: is Montana a freedom fighter taking a stand against the nanny state? Or is she someone who is being disrespectful of safety protocols during a global pandemic? You be the judge.