Things That Matter

Caught On Camera: Woman In Canada Calls Store Clerks Rude For Speaking Native Language To Each Other

The nationalist movement spreading across the world has come with some unseemly side effects. One of the biggest and most visible impacts of the movement is people telling others to speak English. We’ve seen multiple examples in the United States of people telling Latinos to go back to where they came from or to speak English in public. There was even a case were police ignored a man verbally harassing and yelling at a woman in Chicago for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag. There is now a viral example out of Canada of a woman telling two shop workers to speak English after hearing them speak Mandarin. It was all caught on camera and people are all weighing in to share their opinion of her behavior.

A woman in Canada verbally assaulted three Asian employees at a store because they were “speaking Chinese.”

Credit: @ajmm19923493 / Twitter

The incident happened this week in Burnaby in British Columbia, Canada at a Shoppers Drug Mart, which is the equivalent of a Rite Aid or Walgreens. It’s unclear what led to the confrontation but the woman in the video did not appreciate that the employees began speaking in their native language. And she went off on all three of them. 

In legal terms, the definition of a verbal assault is when words have “essential elements of assault [that] consist of an act intended to cause an apprehension of harmful or offensive contact that causes apprehension of such contact in the victim. The act required for an assault must be overt. Although words alone are insufficient, they might create an assault when coupled with some action that indicates the ability to carry out the threat. The unidentified woman in the video certainly did all of that and it was all captured on video. 

Among other offensive words, the woman kept telling them to “shut up,” “to speak English in Canada” and continued to call them “idiots”.

Credit: @ajmm19923493 / Twitter

“Speak English in Canada,” she told the woman behind the counter and then added, “you’re rude, you are rude. Go somewhere else.” The victim is clearly seen distraught over being berated by this woman. She’s at a loss for words while standing next to a fellow co-worker. 

She also happened to be yelling at the employees using offensive and vulgar language while standing in front of a school-aged boy.

Credit: @ajmm19923493 / Twitter

It’s unclear the relation of the young boy to the woman, but they were definitely together. The woman continued to argue with the staff using vulgar and hateful language while the employees told her to leave the store. One employee said they were calling the police as the video ended.

Allen Tseng posted the video that went viral on Facebook (which has now been deleted) but he said he wanted to expose the racism that exists in Canada.

Credit: @antiqatholicmor / Twitter

I just want to put this lady on blast for being extremely rude and racist. And hopefully, show her there (are) consequences to this type of behavior. It’s sad to see this sort of racism still in 2019 and in Greater Vancouver,” he wrote on Facebook, according to the Vancouver Sun. 

He also added, “The Asian lady was trying to help. She was asked to help by (a manager), but they spoke to each other in their own native tongue and that’s when the misunderstanding happened.” He added that all three employees were very upset after the incident. “It made me feel sad for the employees that they had to be verbally harassed like that,” Tseng said. 

The woman in the video has yet to be identified or reprimanded for her actions.

Credit: @MeanwhileinCana / Twitter

According to the Vancouver Sun, a spokeswoman for Loblaw Canada, which owns Shoppers Drug Mart, said that they’ve been in contact with their employees at the Burnaby store and “will offer additional resources and support to staff if required.”

“The incident that took place on Monday was unacceptable and extremely disappointing to see. It has absolutely no place in our stores. We believe fully in two-way respect between our employees and our customers and were appalled to see that behavior,” Catherine Thomas said in a statement to Postmedia News.

Watch the video below, but fair warning, her language is very offensive. 

Yes, we may have our problems in the U.S., but we’re thankful this lady doesn’t live here, or maybe she is an American citizen visiting Canada. Oh, great. 

READ: She Chased Latino Teens Off A Playground And Now ‘Swing Set Susan’ Is Facing Criminal Charges

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com