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NYC ‘subway vigilante’ Bernie Goetz is a coronavirus quarantine denier

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Notorious “subway vigilante” Bernie Goetz is still going off half-cocked — walking around Union Square without a mask and declaring New York’s war on the coronavirus to be “bulls–t.”

“That’s bulls–t about wearing a mask, and the social distancing,” Goetz told a New York Post photographer, as squirrels ate peanuts from his hand in the park.

When it was pointed out to him that those lockdown measures are resulting in fewer deaths and hospitalizations, he scoffed.

“Most everybody’s brainwashed about that,” he said as he toted a big bag of peanuts around, looking for his furry pals.

The rodent- and pot-loving Goetz, who lives near Union Square, shot four black teenagers inside a subway train in 1984, insisting it was in self-defense because they were trying to mug him. He was acquitted of attempted murder.

Reached by phone after his mask-free stroll through Union Square’s park and crowded greenmarket, Goetz repeated that he feels the lockdown is unnecessary.

“You got that right. You got that right,” he said, adding “OK, I gotta run,” before rushing off the phone.

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