Downtown Phoenix vintage clothing store doesn't mince words on mask wearing

An antique clothing store in downtown Phoenix is making it clear that customers without face masks are not allowed to enter.

A sign outside Antique Sugar states, "If you choose not to wear a mask, we respectfully ask that you postpone your visit. We'll be happy to debate the efficacy of masks with you when this is all over -- and you come in to sell your dead grandmother's clothes."

On June 30, the owner of the shop, Sarah Bingham, said she had a previous sign outside that didn't seem to be working. That included an offer to provide masks for shoppers so they can help the business stay healthy and stay open.

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"I was just feeling a litle frustrated. Most of my customers are really good and respectful and don't question our policy and actually applaud us for it, but there are some people that come in and they instantly get combative about it and eventually they just get mad and leave," said Bingham. "We're such a happy place.. and I'm just tired of the conversation. I don't feel it's my job to enforce this, I think the government should be enforcing this. But I have to do what I have to do to keep my customers and my employees safe."

Antique Sugar is located near 2nd Street and McKinley in downtown Phoenix.

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