HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) — Two YouTubers went to Huntington Beach to hand out free masks to beachgoers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The video titled “Solving the Mask Shortage in Huntington Beach” has been viewed more than 2.3 million times.
Chad Kroeger and JT Parr started out the video saying, “Guys, we have a cure for the mask shortage.” They were holding a big sign that said “Free Masks” and a box of masks as they walked near the beach.
They got turned down by multiple people, who under Orange County guidelines, should be wearing face coverings at all times in public. One man also appeared to want to fight them and they responded, “We’re not trying to fight anyone. We just want to hand out masks.”
“It is interesting how people interpreted it as a personal judgment,” Kroeger said.
Kroeger, who surfs and eats in Huntington Beach frequently, said he noticed many people weren’t wearing face coverings and thought one way to approach the issue would be to hand them out at no cost since his friend had a free supply.
Kroeger and Parr are behind the comedy YouTube channel, Chad Goes Deep, that posted the mask video. They admit being initially doubtful about the effectiveness of masks but took it more seriously after a friend who refused to wear one tested positive for coronavirus.
“At this point, we don’t want that to happen to anyone else,” Kroeger said.