Canadian Tire apologizes to Indigenous man who was turfed from store
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 (TSX:CTC) corporate head office says in a statement that it’s reviewing what happened.