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Actor Ricky Schroder harasses Costco worker over mask in California

In a Facebook video, the worker informs the “Silver Spoons” star that the state of California would probably roll back its mask mandate within a matter of weeks.
Ricky Schroder, speaking here in New York City in 2017, posted a video on Facebook showing him harassing a Costco employee and another on Facebook apologizing to the man.
Ricky Schroder, speaking here in New York City in 2017, posted a video on Facebook showing him harassing a Costco employee and another on Facebook apologizing to the man. [ ROB KIM | Getty Images North America ]
Published May 18
Updated May 18

Actor Ricky Schroder posted a bizarre video on Facebook in which he berates a Costco worker who wouldn’t let the former child star enter the store without a mask.

The video was posted on Saturday afternoon and shows Schroder arguing with a Costco supervisor named Jason at the entrance to a location in Los Angeles.

Schroder later apologized to the employee on an Instagram post, complaining about “corporate overlords” but saying it was nothing personal.

In the oroginal video, the worker explains that despite the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance regarding fully vaccinated people not needing to wear masks indoors, the state of California still mandates masks and Costco, a private business, is following local rules regarding pandemic restrictions.

“In Costco locations where the state or local jurisdiction does not have a mask mandate, we will allow members and guests who are fully vaccinated to enter Costco without a face mask or face shield,” the company said in a statement on Friday.

“We will not require proof of vaccination, but we ask for members’ responsible and respectful cooperation with this revised policy. Face coverings will still be required in healthcare settings, including Pharmacy, Optical, Hearing Aid. Costco continues to recommend that all members and guests, especially those who are at higher risk, wear a mask or shield.”

The worker informs Schroder that the state of California would probably roll back its mask mandate within a matter of weeks.

“Oh, if they allow us? If they grant us that, our kings?” Schroder laments. “The people in power. You’re going to listen to these people? They destroyed our economy. They’re destroying our culture. They’re destroying our state. And you’re just going to listen to their rules?”

Not appeased, Schroder tells viewers to cancel their Costco memberships.

“I’m getting my refund from Costco. I suggest everybody in California get their refund from Costco,” Schroder shouts into the camera. “Give up your membership from Costco until they remove this.”

The video ends with Schroder receiving a receipt to document his refund for a canceled membership.

Schroder, 51, perhaps best known for his role on Silver Spoons and a four-episode arc on Scrubs in 2003, made headlines in 2020 when he was one of the contributors, along with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, to a bail fund for accused Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse. In 2019, he was arrested for suspicion of domestic abuse.

- David Matthews, New York Daily News