Police say they’ve charged a 48-year-old man who allegedly made disparaging remarks about staff at a supermarket in Mississauga, Ont., after being asked to wear a mask.
Peel Regional Police say the man became agitated and began yelling at staff after the request on July 5.
A video on social media shows a man at T&T Supermarket blaming staff for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police say the man was repeatedly asked to leave, a request he eventually complied with.
Peel police Chief Nishan Duraiappah says hate-related incidents can increase feelings of vulnerability, anxiety and fear for both individual victims and the community as a whole.
The man faces one charge of causing a disturbance and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 25.
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