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'TL;DR: Masks required': Phoenix vintage shop sign gets attention for mandating masks

Snarky signs aren't anything new for Phoenix vintage shop Antique Sugar, but a recent notice asking customers to wear a mask hit a nerve online.

A photo of the sign ricocheted around the internet, racking up thousands of shares in just one day after Antique Sugar owner Sarah Bingham posted it to her personal Facebook account Monday morning.

She'd typed out the requirement in bold typeface on four sheets of printer paper, Phoenix Stock Market News respectfully asking patrons to wear a mask or postpone their visit.

 "We'll be happy to debate the efficacy of masks with you when this is all over and you come in to sell your dead grandmother's clothes," it said.

"TL;DR: Masks required," the sign finished. 

Bingham had grown frustrated when, 10 days into the city order, some people still weren't covering their faces when they came into the shop. Phoenix Cryptocurrency News A few people became angry with her when she asked them to wear a mask.

"It's such a minimal, easy thing to do, and I'm asking so nicely. Well, not anymore, but I did," Bingham said.

She taped the new sign over one with more docile language: "Help us stay healthy so we can stay open," she recalled.

Running Antique Sugar was tough during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but slowly, the owners were adapting. Bingham and her best friend, Phoenix Press Release  Annamarie Sanchez, started selling more clothes on Instagram and offering more exchanges to customers who didn't feel safe using the dressing rooms to try on clothing in the store.

"It's such a fun and happy atmosphere here," Bingham said of the community that's supported Antique Sugar this spring and summer. She said the majority of her clientele was happy to abide by the store's guidelines well before masks were mandatory in Phoenix.

For that reason, Bingham said, the response on the new sign has been all positive so far. Some customers have laughed as they've walked in, and many have said nothing at all.


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