Kamloops man arrested after allegedly assaulting liquor store clerk for refusing mask – Reuters

Arrested after mask attack

A Kamloops man was arrested at 100 Mile House on Sunday after assaulting a liquor store employee who told him to put on a mask, police say.

Mounties said they were called to a store on Highway 97 just before 1 p.m. to a report of a disturbance.

Police say the clerk told investigators the man was offered a mask after entering the store without a mask.

“He allegedly refused to wear the mask, went to get a case of beer and went to the counter to pay, but was refused service due to non-compliance with public health orders and government policy. store regarding service without a mask,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Svend Nielsen said in a press release.

“A member of staff took the crate and was putting it back in the cooler when the man came up behind him, assaulted the staff member and dragged the crate of beer back to the counter.”

Nielsen said the 74-year-old threw the crate of beer on the floor after being refused service a second time, “smashing several bottles and causing a mess”.

According to Nielsen, the entire incident was captured on the store’s “excellent” CCTV system.

The man was arrested for assault and mischief, Nielsen said, and issued a number of tickets related to COVID-19. He was released at the scene and the investigation is continuing.

“These situations are not the norm in our small, safe community, but it is important to recognize that staff, customers and individuals have the right to feel safe in their workplace as much as customers have the right to feel safe. ‘express their concerns in a peaceful, legal and safe way,’” Nielsen said.