Man arrested after assault of Walmart worker who requested him to put on face masks, B.C. RCMP say

A 30-year-old man has been arrested for assault and mischief after allegedly assaulting an worker at a Walmart in Dawson Creek, B.C.

RCMP had been known as to the shop at round 8 p.m. PT Wednesday after stories of a buyer assaulting an worker who requested him to put on a face masks — which is each retailer coverage and a provincial well being order.

After reviewing surveillance footage, RCMP recognized the suspect and arrested him at his house.

He has since been launched and is predicted to look in court docket at a later date.

A video claiming to indicate the altercation, during which a person repeatedly punches somebody he’s sitting on, was posted to Fb. The video has since been faraway from public viewing.

“The concerned sufferer acquired minor accidents not requiring instant medical consideration,” mentioned RCMP Sgt. Damon Werrell.

WATCH | Buyer punches and knees Walmart worker whereas straddling him:

Within the video, a person is seen repeatedly punching somebody mendacity beneath him on the ground in a B.C. Walmart. 0:22

He mentioned RCMP have a accountability to implement B.C.’s mandate. 

“People who refuse to put on a masks, exhibit abusive or belligerent behaviour, or fail to adjust to patron situations or necessities could also be fined as much as an quantity of $230.”

The mandate that face coverings at the moment are necessary in all retail areas within the province was introduced by Provincial Well being Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry final Thursday.

In a press release to CBC Information, a Walmart spokesperson mentioned the altercation was “utterly unacceptable and deeply troubling.”

“Our associates are doing every little thing they will to help our communities throughout this pandemic,” the assertion mentioned. 

The assertion additionally pointed out that masks are necessary in all Walmart shops throughout the nation.

“We all know this behaviour doesn’t mirror our prospects in Dawson Creek, and they’re going to be a part of with us in condemning this assault.”

The assertion says the corporate will totally co-operate with the RCMP investigation to make sure the alleged attacker is held accountable for his crime.

Hostility over masks not remoted incident   

The Walmart altercation is not an remoted incident in the province.

Final Friday, an accountant for a lodge in Nelson, B.C., was spat on by an indignant buyer who refused to put on a masks, the lodge supervisor mentioned. Shortly after, the supervisor mentioned, the lady had a coronary heart assault and collapsed.

RCMP are investigating, and the shopper is going through an assault cost.

In the meantime, a Nelson grocery retailer has been pressured to rent a safety guard due to hostility towards employees from some prospects indignant concerning the necessary masks rule.

The supervisor of the Kootenay Co-op mentioned whereas most prospects have adopted the brand new laws, some are refusing to put on a masks and may turn out to be confrontational when requested to take action. 

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