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Walmart employee assaulted after asking shopper to wear mask in BC

A 30-year-old man has been arrested for assault and mischief after attacking an employee at a Walmart in Dawson Creek, BC.

On Wednesday, around 8 pm, officers were called to the store with reports that a customer has assaulted an employee after being asked to wear a mask.

In a video posted to Facebook, a man can be seen repeatedly punches someone lying underneath him on the floor, however, the video has since been removed.

After reviewing surveillance footage, the suspect was identified and arrested at his home by police.

He has since been released and is expected to appear in court at a later date.

"The involved victim received minor injuries not requiring immediate medical attention," said detachment commander Sgt. Damon Werrell.

"Individuals who refuse to wear a mask, exhibit abusive or belligerent behaviour, or fail to comply with patron conditions or requirements may be fined up to an amount of $230."

Walmart implemented a mandatory mask rule in September and BC has since made masks a requirement in all retail establishments.



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