The spiral of Melissa Raine Lively in the Arizona goal was recorded on video for all to see. In early July, she wrote that she was destroying the mask – something she now says she regrets and treats from mental illness.
In an exclusive US interview today, Raine Lively, CEO and founder of a public relations firm, said she had lost all of her clients and her husband filed for divorce after videos of her extremely filled ratings moved to viral.
“I think mental illness was actually something that was not resolved as a result of this pandemic,” she said. “Because what happened to me was scary, and it changed my life forever. I felt like I had absolutely no control over my actions.”
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After her manic crisis at the store, Raine Lively said she was taken for a psychiatric evaluation after her husband called police from their home. She said she had been in a psychiatric institution for more than a week.
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Conflicts at businesses from Kostko to Trader Joe over being asked to wear masks have erupted in recent weeks, as seen in viral videos of buyers’ tirades when coronavirus cases surge.
At the Florida Wholesale Club in late June, Daniel Maples was caught in a viral video that showed him shouting at another customer during a face mask dispute. Maples said the video showed no history, and because the video went viral, he lost his job and received hundreds of threatening texts, emails and voicemails.
For those who have watched videos that appeared quickly, showing that people are fighting for masks or counterfeiting a racially charged exchange, the usual apologies for further observations may remain unchanged against the consequences of behaving badly.
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Like Maples, Raine Lively said she received threatening messages after her targeted trip on July 4 to Scottsdale, Arizona. She said she would go on a treatment program next week, and wanted to share her story so that other people struggling “knew they weren’t alone, facing mental illness.”
Experts say that for many people, the negative impact on mental health is ahead of the current crisis. Studies suggest that severe stress caused by these events can even lead to long-term mental disorders. A recent study estimated that deaths from alcohol, drug overdoses and suicides, as people suffering from social isolation caused by a pandemic, could reach 150,000.
Raine Lively shared a video of her stretching masks on Target in her social media accounts, but it went viral when Twitter user @RexChapman posted it and viewed more than 10.1 million views as of Wednesday 7/29. In the video, she shows off a Rolex watch and claims it costs $ 40,000.
In addition to working to restore her mental health, she says she knows she has to work to restore her professional reputation.
“It will take me a long time to rebuild people’s trust. You know how I get my life and career back on track,” she said. “I love what I do, and I admire what I do, and I’m going to fight it.”
This woman in Scottsdale, Arizona, was very upset by the targeted sale of face masks. In fact, it upset her that she attacked their display …. pic.twitter.com/ye9LiDz0JH
– Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) July 5, 2020
The extreme stress of the pandemic, she said, caused what she called a “manic bipolar episode.”
“I absolutely see that the way I acted was incredibly inappropriate, not to mention classless and just not at all typical of how I behave professionally and personally,” she said.
Target said in a statement in the United States today in early July that the “guest” pierced the mask in one of its stores in Scottsdale, and the Salt River Police Department was called for “additional support.”
Raine Lively said she took all the masks and put them in the cart and offered to buy them, but said she couldn’t.
Although the police spoke to her in Target and released her when she returned home, her husband called the police without worrying about her mental condition. She broadcast the exchange live on Instagram. It was in this video that she told officers she had connections at the White House, asked officers to call President Trump, and said she was a QAnon spokeswoman.
“Everything I’ve done has been demanding and sarcastic, and now I realize that the world has obviously taken everything I’ve said seriously, as I really believed it,” she said in the United States today. “I wasn’t arrested, I was taken for a mental health assessment. It was something like that that actually opened my eyes to the whole process.”
Her husband, Jared Lively, told the Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY network, that he had started receiving text messages from friends who saw the Target video on Instagram on July 4.
He said he feared it was an escalation of his wife’s daily decline in mental health and a continuation of a problem he said had manifested itself the year before last.
“A lot of people have this manic episode,” Jared Lively said in an interview with Respublika, noting that he received death threats. “They just don’t take it off.”
The target will start requiring shoppers across the country to wear masks from Saturday. Raine Lively said she now wears masks.
“I definitely want to respect others in the community and abide by any mandate,” she said. “I understand you know that masks are needed for the business to keep working, for me, obviously you know my biggest frustration is all this.”
Co-authors: Dalwin Brown, Alia E. Dastagir and Jane O’Donnell, USA Today; Richard Ruelas, Republic of Arizona; Jake Allen, Fort Myers News-Press
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