Man given violation ticket after mask dispute over winter boots

Mask dispute over boots

A 37-year-old man has been issued a violation ticket by 100 Mile House RCMP after a mask dispute involving a pair of winter boots.

According to RCMP, a man entered a business along Birch Avenue without wearing a mask.

Police say the suspect had picked out a pair of winter boots, threw money on the counter in an attempt to cover the cost of the boots - which was refused by the owner.

"He then assaulted another employee when he aggressively pushed her out of the way, almost knocking the woman over, when trying to leave the store. It was later determined that the man had not left enough money to cover the cost of the boots in the first place," RCMP said.

The man later turned himself in to the police and provided his account of the situation.

The man was served a violation ticket for abusive and belligerent behaviour under the Emergency Program Act - Covid 19 measures.

RCMP have also advised the man that he is no longer welcome at the store.

Police say they will pursue assault charges against him if charges are approved by Crown Counsel.

100 Mile House RCMP is reminding the public that Covid-19 Emergency Program Act measures are still in effect along with the Provincial Covid-19 vaccine passport regulations.

"We will take appropriate action, when deemed necessary and with discretion, with each individual complaint that comes forward regarding these matters moving forward," RCMP added.

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