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Local businesses deal with conflicting mask mandates.

JL Records in West Lafayette had an altercation with a customer who refused to wear a mask in the store. The customer came from Lafayette where there is no mask mandate, whereas West Lafayette does. Businesses says that can be confusing for some customers.

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 11:52 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2021 11:54 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - JL Records requires customers to wear masks when they enter the store.  For the most part, there hasn't been a problem, but that hasn't stopped all customers from causing trouble.

Jim Pasdach is the owner of JL Records in West Lafayette, where he says an altercation occurred with a customer who refused to wear a mask in the store.

"Some guy threw a fit about having to wear a mask, claiming his rights were being violated and so on," Pasdach said.

"He was just throwing a screaming fit so the cops had to come and tell him to leave."

This week, Gov. Holcomb lifted the statewide mask mandate to an advisory. However, Mayor John Dennis of West Lafayette has kept masks mandatory in the city. 

Pasdach says wearing a mask in his store is more than just a legal issue, it's a courtesy issue.

"If you come in without wearing a mask and you're around six other customers up in the record loft, those other customers are nervous. Put a mask on for them," Pasdach said.

"Don't do it for the mayor, don't do it for me, don't even do it for yourself, do it for them."

But the separate laws could be leading to confusion among customers.

"That's a bit of a problem when one city is different from the other," Pasdach said.

"You know people are now coming over from Lafayette thinking well there is no mandate anymore. Well there is one in West Lafayette."

Meanwhile in Lafayette, Eric Brady the general manager of DT Kirby's agrees. He says many of his customers are Purdue students who cross the bridge from West Lafayette to Lafayette. 

"I think it's very confusing because especially in our industry there are more bars and restaurants downtown then there are over on campus and a lot of the students are moving downtown now and they're coming out downtown," Brady said.

He says uniformity between the cities could lead to less confusion.

"It's more confusing for them to come over here you know then go over there and I have friends who work on both sides of the bridge and their like... it's confusing for all of us," Brady said.

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