Shop Owner Selling Coronavirus Masks Warning Customers 'Don't Die, Please Buy'
A shop owner is selling 'coronavirus masks', warning customers 'Don't Die, Please Buy'.
The businessman, who wished not to be named, runs Partick Superstore in Glasgow, Scotland, and has sold more than 2,000 masks since launching the campaign.
Despite experts claiming they will not do anything to protect against the spread of the deadly virus, the manager said business has been booming, with customers racing in to pick up the £1 protectors.
Speaking to The Daily Record, he said: "We put the posters up outside the shop on Thursday and it's been crazy ever since.
"I got 50 boxes of masks from a pharmacy distributor and the demand has been huge.
"So many pharmacies across the country have sold out so I thought I'd try and do my bit for the local community and offer what I could from here.
"I've had loads of customers who want to buy masks as protection from the virus to send home to their families.
"However some customers have bought them to wear here straight away.
"Other local customers have bought them as a bit of a laugh. Mostly the customers buying them up have been Chinese."
The manager says the slogan 'Don't Die, Please Buy' just came to him in a flash of inspiration - and despite his lawyer daughter warning him that it may be misleading, he went with it anyway.
He said: "I've seen lots of videos of people collapsing in the street in China. It has become a global epidemic.
"So I came up with the idea of buying in masks and putting some posters together.
"The slogan just came to me. My daughter - who is a lawyer - said to me, 'Dad, I don't think you can say that,' but it has been well received.
"I've not had any complaints, everyone has taken them with a pinch of salt and in good humour."
Speaking to the publication, a specialist from Kilmarnock's Crosshouse Hospital said though they may be popular, the masks are not very effective.
They said: "If you go to China, you'll often see people wearing masks. But they won't do very much in preventing a virus."
More than 300 people have now died and 14,000 infected as a result of coronavirus since the outbreak began.
In China alone, the death toll has risen to at least 204 people, with more than 3,000 people having been infected.
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