The video, shared by reporter Dan Dicks, shows about five masked Canadian Tire employees quickly surround and assault a maskless customer.
This is unbelievably unacceptable behavior from @CanadianTire employees who took matters into their own hands forcefully assaulting and “arresting” a customer for not wearing a mask!
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— Dan Dicks (@DanDicksPFT) February 24, 2021
Soon the employees are chasing the customer around the store before tackling him to the ground as he yells for help.
“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” the man shouts as one of the employees puts him into a headlock.
“Film this, please! Film this!” the man yells at bystanders as he’s being subdued, with another employee seen trying to force the man’s hands behind his back.
This is hardly the first instance of bizarre mask hysteria, and it likely won’t be the last.
“Compared with no masks, surgical masks were not associated with decreased risk for clinical respiratory illness, influenza-like illness, or laboratory-confirmed viral illness in household contacts when masks were worn by household contacts, index cases, or both,” HHS concluded.
Additionally, a landmark study from Denmark found that wearing masks didn’t provide protection from COVID-19 exposure.
“The recommendation to wear surgical masks to supplement other public health measures did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers by more than 50% in a community with modest infection rates, some degree of social distancing, and uncommon general mask use. The data were compatible with lesser degrees of self-protection,” the researchers concluded.
Nevertheless, the Canadian government is continuing to impose harsh COVID restrictions – including mask mandates and social distancing orders – even as cases have been steadily declining since January.