A 61-year-old man has been charged after a racist rant was caught on video at a north Edmonton liquor store earlier this month.
The incident happened on Aug. 2 at Olympia Liquor on 137 Avenue.
Video taken inside the store shows a man, who is not wearing a mask, move around the store and confront an employee. Store supervisor Navdeep Singh said the man was acting confrontational as soon as he entered the store.
“There were already two customers in the store. He started yelling at me about the mask. He said, ‘If you’re going to wear this thing, I’m not going to shop at the store. I will leave,'” Singh told Global News earlier this month.
Singh said he directed the man to the exit, but he remained inside the store.
In a separate video circulating on social media, the man is seen in close proximity to two different men, both masked, while pointing and yelling racist remarks about “you people” coming to Canada.
The confrontation came after new rules came into place on Aug. 1, when the City of Edmonton introduced a temporary bylaw that makes face coverings mandatory inside public spaces and public transit.
The fine for not complying with the mask bylaw is $100.
In an update Wednesday, the Edmonton Police Service said Terry Samsoniuk, 61, has been charged with one count of assault and one count of causing a disturbance.