Anti-masker who went on racist tirade at T&T Supermarket surrenders

Peel Regional Police are treating a confrontation at a Mississauga T&T Supermarket as a hate-motivated incident after a man, who has now been identified by police, refused to wear a mask and made racist comments towards workers before being kicked out of the store on July 5.SCREENGRAB / T&T SUPERMARKETS

Peel Regional Police are treating a confrontation at a Mississauga T&T Supermarket as a hate-motivated incident after a man, who has now been identified by police, refused to wear a mask and made racist comments towards workers before being kicked out of the store on July 5.SCREENGRAB / T&T SUPERMARKETS

The man caught on video shouting “Go back to China” to Mississauga T&T Supermarket employees last week after they asked him to wear a face mask has surrendered to police.

Investigators had homed in on his identity as of July 10 and had been asking John McCash, 48, of Mississauga, to speak with a lawyer and contact police.

McCash surrendered himself at 11 Division in Mississauga Thursday morning and was served a summons for causing a disturbance. He is to appear in Brampton court on Sept. 25 to answer to the charge.

The incident took place July 5 around 4 p.m. at the grocery store, located at 715 Central Pkwy. W., near Mavis Rd. A male customer was filmed making racist comments after workers asked him to leave because he refused to wear a mask.

In the three-minute and 50-second video filmed by a bystander, a man is seen emptying the contents of his cloth shopping bag on the floor.

“I’m never coming back here again,” he says. “I’m going to have the media here. You guys can all wear your masks and you can all die and you can all get sick. Because when you wear the mask, you get sick. It’s science.”

Several employees speak to the man and one asks him not to scream.

“This is a communist, socialist lie,” the man continues. “Where did we get our Wuhan communist virus? From China. From you guys.”

The man then asks the employees, “Where are you from?”

“I’m a Canadian,” responds a male employee.

The customer then repeats that he has an asthmatic condition and gets into the employee’s face while his wife hugs him and appears to try to create some space between him and the workers.

“We are Canadian, sir,” the male employee says.

As the man, still ranting, is escorted towards the exit by several employees, the male employee — who is wearing a mask — raises his arms in the air to show he is not touching the customer.

“I am Canadian,” he repeats while the customer shouts, “Get out of my face.”

Before leaving the man shouts, “Go back to China where you came from. And take your coronavirus back to Wuhan.”

Customers entering the T&T Supermarket on Warden Ave. north of Steeles Ave. in Markham get a temperature scan to check for precautionary signs of COVID-19 on Monday, April 20, 2020. (JACK BOLAND/TORONTO SUN) Jack Boland/Toronto Sun / Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

Customers entering the T&T Supermarket on Warden Ave. north of Steeles Ave. in Markham get a temperature scan to check for precautionary signs of COVID-19 on Monday, April 20, 2020. (JACK BOLAND/TORONTO SUN) Jack Boland/Toronto Sun / Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

T&T began performing mandatory temperature checks for all staff and voluntary checks for customers at its locations across Canada on April 20, but suspended them as of June 8 as they found the checks became inaccurate because of the warmer weather. Masks, however, have remained a mandatory requirement for shoppers to enter its stores since May 11.

Loblaw Companies Inc., the parent company for T&T Supermarket, banned McCash from all their stores, including T&T Supermarket, Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart.

“We will not tolerate this type of hateful behaviour in our workplace,” said T&T Supermarket CEO Tina Lee said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

“T&T will not be taking any further action, as this case is in the trusted hands of the Peel police and courts.”

Lee said between Jan. 27 and July 10, T&T has recorded three positive COVID-19 cases across 5,500 colleagues.

“When compared to the regions in which we operate, T&T has maintained the lowest infection rate of 0.05%, despite being deemed an essential service to Canadians, remaining open and serving thousands of customers every day, while most of the country was in lock down,” said Lee.

“We believe this has been achieved by the early adoption of masks, a key pillar in our safety strategy, along with frequent sanitisation efforts, and social distancing in stores.”

Lee added she sympathises with those with a medical condition that makes it difficult to wear a face covering. To accommodate them, they can shop or approach their customer service counter with a shopping list and staff will do the shop for them.

Peel police Chief Nishan Duraiappah said the incident “has had a profound impact on not only the victim, but also the community.”

“Hate-crime incidents have a negative impact on our community and create a ripple effect. It can increase feelings of vulnerability, anxiety and fear, not only on the individual who has directly been victimised, but also to the community at large,” Duraiappah said in a statement Wednesday urging McCash to surrender.

“Reporting incident of hate-crime is essential to stopping these incidents; we are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of all we serve.”

‘MY IQ IS 195’: Video of ‘Karen’ at Toronto anti-mask protest goes viral

One woman, who identifies herself as Kelly Anne Wolfe, is prominent in Tao’s video, “$#!+ Covidiots Say (Part 2), which was shot at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Sts.

That 10-minute video opens with protesters handing Tao a leaflet and telling him that showing it to businesses will exempt him from wearing a mask. Tao, who says he has a degree in cell and molecular biology, rips up the paper.

“That’s OK. Those are the people that walked the Jews into the gas tanks,” said Wolfe.

“I’m all over the place. I’m a musician and a very popular one,” she continues. “Anyone who is going to commit to this kind of civil obedience is the same kind of people that believed their government when they walked the Jews into the gas tanks. By the way, I’ve got 13 degrees in psychology, I’m a member of MENSA and have a masters in political science.”

When Tao challenges Wolfe about the claims on the card that wearing a mask decreases oxygen intake, she tells him to come to Queen’s Park where the group will be doing a live demonstration “of how your oxygen is decreased and your carbon monoxide intake is increased,” she said.

“Carbon dioxide, not carbon monoxide,” Tao corrects.

Throughout the videos, Tao pauses to post screenshots of sources debunking what protesters are claiming.

“If you look up the size of an oxygen molecule and the size of a carbon dioxide molecule, you’ll probably see it’s about 1,000 times smaller than a virus particle. So if this does not protect me from viruses, let’s assume that, how does that also stop oxygen from getting into my airways? If the oxygen molecule is 1,000 times smaller than a virus particle,” Tao asks.

“It’s not,” she replies. “COVID-19 has existed forever. It’s existed for thousands of years. Just because scientists have only discovered it now does not make it brand new.”

At one point, the text in the video prepares the viewer that “Kelly Anne is about to go full Karen (sorry, actual Karens!)”

Wolfe is heard arguing with another person and shouts, “My IQ is 195!”

“He just assaulted me! Officer, officer! I was just assaulted,” Wolfe is then heard saying as a man on a bike is seen riding away north on Yonge St. She is then seen smiling and says, “Yeah, it’s on video. He’s f***ed. He’s going to be charged.”

That video has had over 43,000 views.

Tao’s third video also shows Chris Saccoccia, known for promoting fraudulent medical exemption cards to those who don’t wish to wear masks, and Letitia Montana, the woman who refused to wear a mask at St. Joseph’s hospital.

Tao said the anti-mask sentiment is widespread and he hopes people don’t dismiss such protesters as “crazy.”

“It will become a problem, just like the virus itself,” he said. “If you ignore it, it will become a problem. So don’t ignore the problem.”

Wolfe said Friday her children have faced “numerous threats” as a result of the video.

“No mayor has the authority to overpower the individual human and charter rights that are not subject to a premier or a prime minister to impose upon,” she said.

“Regardless of the science not being settled on masks, it is quite simple — if your mask protects you, you have nothing to fear from those of us who refuse to wear it. You will not enforce upon my right to life, liberty or security of my person, nor my children. Because you simply have no right.”

Man fatally shot following mask dispute opened fire on OPP: Sources

Quinte West OPP are investigating a suspicious death involving a 32-year-old woman. FILE

Quinte West OPP are investigating a suspicious death involving a 32-year-old woman. FILE

“He was wearing camouflage and was heavily armed,” say sources.

It started over an argument about not wearing a mask in a grocery store, but a 73-year-old Haliburton-area man was later shot by police 40 km away because he was shooting at them, the Toronto Sun has learned.

“It’s very tragic but this easily could have been worse,” said a justice source. “We very easily could have had two dead police officers in this. It was that close. We are fortunate we don’t.”

Sources tell the Sun that after an incident inside and outside a grocery store in Minden, the man travelled to a property near Haliburton and was armed and waiting for the OPP to show up, engaging them with gunfire when they did.

“He was wearing camouflage and was heavily armed,” say sources.

The officers were faced with gunshots as they entered the property and they returned fire. The man was struck and later died. The SIU was contacted and invoked its mandate to investigate matters involving lethal force. As a result, it is difficult to gather information from an investigation that is very much underway.

SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon described a “semi-automatic rifle and a pistol” found at the scene at Indian Point Road following the mask incident at the Easton’s Valu-Mart on Hwy. 35 in Minden. The SIU now also have both officers’ firearms as well.

After the man left the grocery store, police were able to secure a licence plate and locate him at what is believed to his home.

“Outside the residence, there was an interaction with the man and two officers discharged their firearms” and a “man was struck,” the SIU said in a statement.

Saying they were in search for his next of kin, the SIU has not identified the man but sources say he was known to the area. Investigators are looking into the man’s background, including whether he had any previous run-ins with law enforcement or mental health issues.

Investigators are also trying to determine if the incident in which he was asked to wear a mask in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was the catalyst or merely part of an overall plan. The OPP has not commented since the case is now in the hands of the SIU.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene at the grocery store in which a dispute over mask guidelines resulted in an employee being assaulted and cars in the parking lot being rammed.

Valu-Mart employee Tianna Frances told CBC the man “just got angry and didn’t want to” comply with wearing a mask and was making the point “if we didn’t have to force him and tell him that he couldn’t come into the store, nothing would have happened, really. He would have got his groceries and went along with his day.”

Instead, store owner Lynda Easton told the Minden Times “he just started pounding on my employee,”

The man fled but later engaged with police when shots were fired at them.

“It’s a very scary situation,” said a source who knows both officers. “They are professional officers. This was not the outcome they wished for. But their response was not as a result of what happened with the mask but from their training and responsibility as police officers.”

Both are said to be shook up from the tragic incident but coping OK. The hard part for their friends is to see media reports suggesting guns were drawn over the mask disagreement.

“This is not accurate,” said a friend of one of the officers. “The man was shot out of a concern for public safety and because of the threat on the lives of the officers.”

Michigan face mask row ends in fatal police shooting

Michigan State Police released security footage showing the confrontation between the officer and the suspect

Michigan State Police released security footage showing the confrontation between the officer and the suspect

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A police officer in the US state of Michigan has shot dead a man suspected of stabbing a customer in a shop, in an altercation over face masks.

Police say the incident began in a convenience store near Lansing, where the suspect – named as Sean Ruis – attacked a 77-year-old man who had challenged him for not wearing a mask.

They say Ruis fled the scene in a car.

He was later pulled over by a female deputy sheriff, who opened fire when Ruis lunged towards her.

Michigan State Police released footage of the confrontation in a residential area in the Lansing suburb of Delta early on Tuesday.

It shows the police car stopping a vehicle and the driver, identified as Ruis, advancing on the deputy who shoots him after a brief tussle.

Police say Ruis, 43, was carrying a weapon. He was taken to hospital, where he was declared dead.

The incident happened 30 minutes after Ruis allegedly stabbed a customer at the Quality Dairy store in Dimondale, about six miles (10km) to the south.

The row is said to have begun when the 77-year-old – who was wearing a face mask – chided Ruis for not doing so. The elderly man is in hospital and said to be in a stable condition.

It is not the first dispute over face masks to end in tragedy in the US.

Last week a security guard in Gardena, south of Los Angeles, was charged with murder over the shooting of a customer who had entered a shop without a face mask.

So, the lessons learned from all this? Wear a mask, and one is less likely to die. Do not attack the cops, and one is less likely to die.

Mostly, though, don’t get in a knife fight or a gun fight with the cops. Simps.