A man who launched a racist, anti-immigrant tirade at an Edmonton liquor store caught on video Sunday entered the store ranting about masks, according to an employee.
In a video circulating on social media that has since been deleted from Facebook, an older white man not wearing a mask is seen yelling at two men wearing masks at Olympia Liquor on 137 Avenue. The man walks close to them, pointing and yelling, making xenophobic remarks about “you people” moving to Canada.
“Canadians are the nicest f—— people in the world, and your belief system is not better than our f—— lives,” the man yelled.
Navdeep Singh, a store supervisor, told Postmedia Monday the man started screaming the moment he walked in the door.
He said there is a sign at the entrance that asks customers to wear a mask. As of last Saturday, masks are mandatory in most publicly-accessible buildings, including transit and taxis, in Edmonton.
“I was about to say that sir, please wear a mask, but he didn’t say anything, he just started yelling at me. He said, if you’re going to wear this thing, I’m not going to shop at this store, I’m going to leave it. I said, ‘OK sir, the exit is the other way,'” he said. “Then he kept going on for no reason.”
As seen in the video, as the man is about to leave, he insults Singh’s appearance. Singh is Sikh, wears a turban, and has a long beard.
“Hey, don’t talk about my beard,” Singh responds in the video. The man then turns and continues yelling at and insulting Singh, then leaves.
Singh said the man is not a regular customer and he has never seen him before. He said he hasn’t experienced anything like this at work.
“It was racist, but I think he has some issues … otherwise there is no way he could enter the store and start yelling at me,” he said.
He said other customers also told the man to leave.
The experience was stressful, Singh said.
“But I don’t really care about those things,” he said. “I don’t care because every day I meet more nice people than (this) one person.”
Employees declined to call the police.
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