Em­ployee who pushed and ejected man from Cana­dian Tire no longer with com­pany

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

REGINA — A spokesper­son for Cana­dian Tire says a staff mem­ber who phys­i­cally re­moved an Indige­nous man from a store in Regina is no longer with the com­pany. Ka­mao Cappo of the Mus­cow­petung First Na­tion posted a video to so­cial me­dia last week that ap­pears to show him be­ing pushed by a store em­ployee who ac­cused him of shoplift­ing.

A spokes­woman for Cana­dian Tire says the em­ployee in the video “has not been work­ing in the store since the time of the in­ci­dent and he is no longer with (the com­pany).’’ The in­ci­dent sparked on­line out­rage, and about 40 peo­ple staged a de­mon­stra­tion out­side of the store Fri­day to show sup­port for Cappo, who says he was dis­crim­i­nated against be­cause he is Indige­nous.

Cappo was in the store buy­ing a chain­saw, an ex­tra chain and oil but when he was at the check-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. Cappo says that when he went to look for the right model he was ap­proached by an em­ployee who ac­cused him of try­ing to shoplift, pushed him against some shelves and phys­i­cally re­moved him from the store when he wouldn’t leave. He says he has a heart con­di­tion and was in­jured in the con­fronta­tion. He says he filed a com­plaint with po­lice and is con­sid­er­ing press­ing charges.

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