When the incident first occurred last weekend, journalist Reid Butler wrote on Twitter, “This woman – who deliberately breathed heavily in my face at Saturday’s anti-vax rally – is an aged care worker with @Baptcare.
“I feel for the residents she supposedly looks after. Sickening.”
This woman – who deliberately breathed heavily in my face at Saturday’s anti-vax rally – is an aged care worker with @Baptcare. I feel for the residents she supposedly looks after. Sickening. pic.twitter.com/4pn7R4J5jV
— Reid Butler (@reid_butler9) May 31, 2021
The incident occurred at an anti-lockdown and vaccine rally in Melbourne last Saturday, when the woman approached Reid and exhaled audibly into his face.
Now the woman’s employer, Baptcare, has issued a statement confirming the woman is no longer employed with them.
“Confirmation tonight this woman has been fired,” wrote Reid on Twitter.
“Last Saturday, 29 May, 2021 a person, who has since been identified as an employee of Baptcare, appeared on a television news broadcast, in relation to a story featuring lockdown protests in Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne,” said the Baptcare statement.
“The incident was subsequently reported on several television networks, and in social media over the following days.
“The employee’s behaviour does not align with our core values, centred on respect and wellbeing for others.
“The employee also failed to practice social distancing, and did not wear a face mask, mandated at this time so as to minimise the spread of infections, such as COVID-19.
“Baptcare does not condone the actions of this employee, which were unacceptable, and out of step with our expectations as an employer, and the expectations of the community more broadly.
“To this end, Baptcare commenced a review of the incident relating to the employee’s behaviour.
“The review has concluded, and the person has left our employ.”
Baptistcare thanked all its staff “who are working tirelessly day-in-day-out across aged care, home care, family and community services, mental health, affordable housing and disability services”.
“Many of them have been on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic for close to a year-and-a-half now.
“We are also extremely thankful to all of our volunteers, family and friends, and broader community, for their continued support at this difficult time.”