Cana­dian Tire apol­o­gizes to Indige­nous man who was turfed from store

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

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.

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