A Walmart employee in British Columbia was allegedly assaulted in November after asking a customer to wear a face mask in stores, and two people have now been charged in connection with the incident.
A BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) spokesperson told Daily Hive on Tuesday the two individuals – Jordon Alex Taylor and Kennedy Jane Pace – have been charged with assault in connection with the incident.
The spokesperson added that Taylor is also charged on the same information, with one count of mischief in relation to a cell phone.
A patron reportedly “assaulted an employee after being asked to wear his face mask, as required under the current Provincial Health Order.”
Police reviewed surveillance footage and managed to find the suspect at his home shortly after the incident. The 30-year-old was arrested for assault and mischief and was released to attend court at a later date.
Fortunately, the victim received only minor injuries and did not require immediate medical attention.
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A spokesperson from Walmart Canada told Daily Hive at the time that the incident was “completely unacceptable and deeply troubling.”
“You can be sure that Walmart will support our associate,” the spokesperson said in an email. “At the same time, we will cooperate fully with the police investigation to ensure the perpetrator is held accountable for this crime. Our thoughts are with our associate as he recovers from his injuries.”
Last fall, BC announced a new health order calling for mandatory mask usage in all public indoor and retail spaces.
A health order is currently in place in BC that mandates the use of face masks in all public indoor and retail spaces. Police, as well as enforcement officers, are also able to issue a $230 fine to those who don’t comply with the mask order.