A 42-year-old father of six from Iowa will spend the next 10 years in prison after being convicted of a Class C forcible felony for defending himself against a “mask Nazi” who assaulted him in an eyewear store.
Shane Michael says he was “shoulder-checked” and “poked” in the stomach by Mark Dinning, a Branch Covidian who confronted Michael on Nov. 11 inside a Vision 4 Less store in Des Moines.
Even though there was no mask mandate in place, Dinning felt the need to try to force his mask fetish on Michael through assault, to which Michael responded in kind by spitting on Dinning.
Michael was reportedly wearing a mask at the time and pulled it down to spit on Dinning, who accused Michael of wearing his mask “incorrectly.” This is how the altercation started with Dinning as the aggressor.
“If I have it, you have it!” Michael reportedly shouted at Dinning, who refused to mind his own business in the store and instead decided to be a mask Nazi.
The situation devolved from there with more physical altercations that resulted in injuries. Dinning pressed charges against Michael and ultimately won in court, illustrating how the Branch Covidian cult has successfully embedded itself within the judicial system.