CHICAGO — A self-described South Side grandma is getting attention for a video in which she rants about someone who wasn’t practicing social distancing — and perpetuating conspiracy theories — amid the pandemic.
The woman, Bonnie Tracy, recorded the video and posted it to Facebook on Friday, but it only started spreading widely this week.
In it, Tracy said she recently went to a Mariano’s grocery store and tried to politely get past a woman. She put her jacket over her mouth while doing so because the woman was close, and being nearly 75 years old, Tracy is considered high-risk for contracting the disease.
Experts have said people should stay at least 6 feet away from each other to avoid spreading coronavirus — but the woman didn’t take too kindly to Tracy’s efforts, apparently.
“She proceeded to yell at me and tell me I was crazy, what was wrong with me, this is not a pandemic, this is a political hoax,” Tracy recounts in the video. “And of course she got my South Side Polish dander up — which I should have just kept on walking.
“And I said, ‘Well, if you’re not afraid, then why don’t you volunteer and go to China and take care of people?'”
Tracy, altering her voice to mock the woman, says the woman replied, “Well, goddamnit, why don’t you? B—-.”
That’s where Tracy’s video hits its peak:
“At that point, I had to walk away because I thought about my daughter working in hospitals, trying to save lives with this pandemic, and I thought, ‘Y’know, this woman has no idea that I’m almost 75 — but I’m from Chicago and I will gladly tap her on the shoulder and ask her to step outside and proceed to kick her bleached-blonde, 50-year-old ass.'”
Tracy ends the video by reminding everyone to take care amid the crisis.
“That’s all I gotta say. God bless. Take care of yourself,” he says. “This is a pandemic. Be careful. I love you all.”
Tracy’s video has been shared thousands of times on social media, with many jokingly coming to her defense.
“She said don’t get it twisted! I will buy these groceries and then bag you up right after!!” one person tweeted.
“Nobody trying to catch hands with Chi-town Bonnie,” another said.
“Chi town Bonnie didn’t make it to 75 by playing games,” another person posted. “I got yo back Bonnie when we riding.”
Block Club was not immediately able to reach Tracy.