CHICAGO — A South Side grandmother who called out a fellow grocery shopper for peddling coronavirus conspiracy theories got high praise Thursday from Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker.
“I don’t know if you saw the video of Bonnie from Chicago who made a video of herself and posted it on Twitter about her social distancing herself from somebody, and that person essentially calling her a kook,” the governor said at his daily media briefing. “There are still people out there who don’t believe this is real.”
The governor said people like that need to wake up, look at the facts and know that hospitals are crowded with sick people.
“The point is they should see what’s happening around, and look at the numbers, and they will see that Bonnie right. And that the people who are social distancing and managing that are right.
“So please everybody take responsibility for yourself. If you see the grocery store is crowded, you don’t need to be there at that hour. Grocery stores are open for many hours, they are not crowded at all. And by the way, those shelves are being restocked. … Do the right thing.”
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.’”
After his press briefing, Pritzker took to Twitter to again praise Bonnie Tracy.