- The man approached the woman behind the plexiglass barrier and asked her why she was not wearing a mask
- He then went on a racist rant after she said a person is not required to wear a mask if she/he is separated by a barrier
- The video has since gone viral on social media
A man was caught on camera hurling racist abuses at a liquor store staff member in Calgary, Canada, over a mask issue.
The man approached the woman behind the plexiglass barrier and asked her why she was not wearing a mask. The woman then allegedly said a person is not required to wear a mask if she/he is separated by a barrier. Following this, the man went on a racist tirade.
In the video, that has gone viral on social media, the man can be heard asking the woman where she was born before hurling racist slurs at her.
“You f—–g a—–e. A piece of s–t from another f—–g country that has no right here,” he yells. The woman then asks him to leave the store. While leaving, he continues hurling abuses at her.
Speaking to Calgary Herald, the unidentified woman said this wasn’t the first time she has experience such a situation. The woman’s ethnicity was also not clear.
“As taken aback as I was, it was just another occurrence that happens a lot, that I see everywhere all the time. I don’t even think it’s tough anymore. It is what it is. It’s not shocking. It’s not any of that. It’s just what’s out there,” she told the outlet.
The incident was being investigated by the Calgary police.
Meanwhile, Saima Jamal, a co-founder of the Calgary Immigrant Support Society, told the outlet such incidents were unfortunately common.
“Whenever there’s an escalation of conflict, you’ll see some reason — whether it’s our race, our accent, our colour, our religious symbols we’re wearing — start getting used as a weapon to attack us. This has been happening forever. If you only knew how many times I’ve heard these stories from gas station attendees, moms walking with their children in their mall, men going about doing their errands . . . The first thing these people seem to do is attack you on your very basic identity and it is very, very hurtful. It stays with you forever. You don’t forget about this, and it’s so common,” she told the outlet.