A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 11, 2020
“Walked into a post office and saw people wearing masks. Fortunately, it was just a robbery”

The 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak caused many people to purchase surgical masks. Many people with symptoms wore masks.

“I was queueing in the bank local branch this morning and 2 guys arrived wearing masks. We were all very scared and panicking! Luckily it ended up being just a robbery” was posted on Twitter by Jose Nieto on February 28, 2020. “While waiting in line at the post office this AM, 2 people entered wearing masks & everyone freaked. Then they said ‘this is robbery’, and we all calmed down...” was posted on Twitter by madison miller on February 29, 2020.

It is against the law to wear a mask in a bank, so the post office is often a setting for the joke.


Twitter
Jose Nieto
@codingjose
I was queueing in the bank local branch this morning and 2 guys arrived wearing masks
We were all very scared and panicking!
Luckily it ended up being just a robbery.
Wishing you all health and happiness. Have a nice weekend everyone!
1:04 PM · Feb 28, 2020·Twitter for Android

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madison miller
@MadisonSedona
While waiting in line at the post office this AM, 2 people entered wearing masks & everyone freaked
Then they said “this is robbery”, and we all calmed down…
3:16 PM · Feb 29, 2020·Twitter Web App

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emir.kaliq
@kaliq_emir
This morning at the bakery, while drinking coffee, two people came in wearing masks. Total panic. Then they said: “This is a robbery!”. Then we were more relaxed. Gee, what a bloody scare!
8:21 PM · Feb 29, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Karan
@VoxPolitico
Yesterday, at the Bank six people entered wearing Masks.
Everyone started panicking but then they quickly said It’s just a robbery and then only everyone calmed down.
9:52 PM · Mar 1, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Arafin
@Arafingol
Today I went to the post office and two men showed up wearing masks. Everyone went into a panic. Then they said it was a robbery and everyone calmed down.
1:39 AM · Mar 4, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Karen D. Lioness
@DeadLioness
A couple walked into a bank wearing masks. Everyone immediately started to panic, trying to keep their distance, until one of them said: “relax! It’s a robbery!”
9:31 AM · Mar 4, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Mike Batt
@Mike_Batt
This morning, mild panic in the post office when two people came in wearing masks. Then one of them said “This is a robbery!” So we all calmed down.
6:10 PM · Mar 4, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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jimmy off twitt3r
@justanotherwool
Just been at the post office and two fellas wearing masks came in.
TOTAL PANIC !!!!
Then they said “this is a robbery” and we all calmed down
6:50 AM · Mar 6, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Colin Botfield
@BotfieldColin
Walked in to a #Bank today and there were lots of people wearing masks...fortunately it was just an armed robbery !! #CoronaOutbreak
11:15 AM · Mar 13, 2020 from Milngavie, Scotland·Twitter for iPhone

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