Woman arrested at BC thrift store after refusing to wear a mask

Nov 24 2020, 7:47 pm

A woman in Kelowna was arrested at a Value Village in the city after reportedly refusing to leave the premises after being asked by staff to wear a mask.

According to Kelowna RCMP, the incident took place just after 4 pm on November 22, when police responded to staff complaints that a woman was trespassing and causing a disturbance.

Police said the store staff requested that the woman leave after refusing to wear a mask upon entering.

Officers arrived at the scene and, “despite numerous efforts, the woman refused to leave the store,” said Kelowna RCMP Jocelyn Noseworthy.

The woman also “allegedly struck the officers several times, screamed and refused to cooperate, during the arrest.”

Ultimately, she was taken into police custody for allegedly causing a disturbance and obstructing a police officer.

The 41-year-old Kelowna woman was subsequently released from custody on conditions for a future court date. The matter will be referred to the BC Prosecution Service for review.

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