Cana­dian Tire sorry for mixup, con­fronta­tion at store

Penticton Herald - - CANADA - By The Cana­dian Press

REGINA — Cana­dian Tire has apol­o­gized af­ter an Indige­nous man was phys­i­cally re­moved from one of the re­tail chain’s Regina stores when he was ac­cused of steal­ing.

Ka­mao Cappo says he was in the east-end out­let on Wed­nes­day buy­ing a chain­saw, an ex­tra chain and oil.

While check­ing out, he re­al­ized he had the wrong model and took the goods to cus­tomer ser­vice where he put the chain and oil in­side the saw box for ease of han­dling by the clerk.

While look­ing for the right model, Cappo says he was ap­proached by a male store worker who ac­cused him of try­ing to shoplift and or­dered him out — a con­fronta­tion Cappo cap­tured on his cell­phone and posted to Face­book.

Cappo re­jects the claim he was try­ing to steal and says he was dis­crim­i­nated against be­cause he’s Abo­rig­i­nal.

Cana­dian Tire’s cor­po­rate head of­fice says in a state­ment that it’s re­view­ing what hap­pened.

Cappo said he was pushed against some shelves and ejected from the store af­ter he re­fused to leave.

The video ap­pears to show Cappo and the male em­ployee ex­chang­ing words be­fore the two jos­tle and the worker ac­cuses the other man of shov­ing him.

Cappo later says, “You have no right to kick me out,” to which the worker replies, “Sure I do. You just told me you were plan­ning on tak­ing some­thing from the store.”

The video later shows Cappo be­ing forced to leave.

“We came in in our work­clothes to buy a chain­saw,” Cappo told CTV News. “If a white per­son came in with their work­clothes, I don’t be­lieve this would hap­pen at all.”

Cana­dian Tire’s cor­po­rate head of­fice says “we sin­cerely apol­o­gize for the ex­pe­ri­ence that oc­curred in our store and we are ac­tively re­view­ing all of the facts sur­round­ing this mat­ter. We are com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Mr. Cappo di­rectly, and we hope to re­solve this mat­ter as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

Man­age­ment at the store in ques­tion has not re­sponded to me­dia re­quests for a re­sponse.

Cappo said he has a heart con­di­tion and was in­jured in the con­fronta­tion. He has filed a com­plaint with po­lice and is con­sid­er­ing press­ing charges.

“I am do­ing that be­cause I want store own­ers and man­agers to know that indige­nous peo­ple and other peo­ple of colour and mi­nori­ties will be pro­tected. They can’t do this.”

El­iz­a­beth Popowich, a po­lice spokes­woman, con­firmed in­ves­ti­ga­tors are look­ing into what hap­pened.

“It’s go­ing to be in­ves­ti­gated as an as­sault and it will be con­cluded and cer­tainly the com­plainant will be no­ti­fied as to the re­sult,” she said.

Po­lice are also look­ing into a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent on Thurs­day when of­fi­cers dashed to the same east-side out­let af­ter the store got a call that some­one was go­ing to use a gun at that lo­ca­tion.

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