Man apologizes for spitting on condo's elevator buttons during pandemic

Apr 12 2020, 11:46 am

A man who was caught on video spitting on elevator buttons in a Vancouver condo building has issued a public apology, and says he’s making a donations to the strata council to cover the extra cleaning costs.

The man, who remains unidentified, spit on the buttons as he got off on the eighth floor of the Olympic Village building a little more than a week ago. Resident Marie Hui shared surveillance video of the incident on Twitter, and was outraged at the danger he put others in given the coronavirus pandemic.

On April 12, the man’s lawyer reached out to Daily Hive to relay his apology.

“I am horrified at my own actions which are reprehensible and inexcusable,” the man wrote. “The incident occurred as a result of a momentary fit of anger resulting from an ongoing dispute with the strata council in the building where I own a unit.”

He added that he doesn’t have any symptoms of a coronavirus infection, and that he’s been maintaining physical distance.

“It is difficult to express how horrified I feel about my conduct, especially given the pandemic that worries everyone,” he wrote. “I do sincerely apologize to the residents of the building as well as the general public.”

He added he’s seeking professional counselling, and making a donation to the strata council to “more than cover” the extra sanitation costs.

Here’s the full apology:

I am horrified at my own actions which are reprehensible and inexcusable. The incident occurred as a result of a momentary fit of anger resulting from an ongoing dispute with the strata council in the building where I own a unit.

I am employed, have never had any issues with law enforcement and am otherwise a good, law-abiding citizen. I can’t explain my own actions in this situation

A public apology is not enough in this case. It is difficult to express how horrified I feel about my conduct, especially given the pandemic that worries everyone.

I do sincerely apologize to the residents of the building as well as the general public.

This incident occurred approximately eight days ago. I have no coronavirus symptoms and no health issues. I have been keeping my distance from others as required.

As part of my apology, I will make a meaningful donation to the strata council to more than cover the cost of extra sanitation required and to reassure other residents that I never intended to harm anyone.

I will also seek professional counseling.

There is really no way to make this right. All I can do is express how sorry I am that this happened and to assure nothing like this will ever happen again.