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Sheriff's deputies called when Port Hueneme woman declines to wear a face covering in Ojai grocery store

7 10 20 BABERScreenshot from cellphone video posted on Ojai Community Network Facebook by Ojai filmmaker Joshua Gobbell.

Deborah Baber of Port Hueneme, center without a mask, argues with an employee of Westridge Midtown Market in Ojai on Friday, July 10, that she does not have to wear a face covering in the store due to a medical condition.

 

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Ojai's Westridge Midtown Market about 2 p.m. on Friday, July 10, when Deborah Baber of Port Hueneme was asked by employees to wear a face covering in the store and refused.

 

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Screen shot of June 16 Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting.

 

Deborah Baber of Port Hueneme holds a sign that reads, "I protest face coverings" at the June 16 Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting, during which she rang a bell as she said, "Let freedom ring," and sang: "God Bless America."

 

 

Baber, wearing a T-shirt with the words, “Let freedom ring” on the front, can be heard in a videotaped recording of the July 10 grocery store incident saying she has a medical condition that exempts her from local and state mask mandates.

Store employee Chelsea Jones said that sheriff’s deputies escorted Baber out of the store without touching her.

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