Woman verbally abuses Burnaby drug store staff with racist rant: "Speak English in Canada"

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      Another racist rant against Asian people in the Lower Mainland has gone viral.

      A video taken by a customer, Allen Tseng, at a Shoppers Drug Mart on Kingsway at McMurray Avenue in Burnaby captures a female customer being verbally abusive to staff while a school-aged boy stands by her side.

      She raises her voice in an aggressive manner, and repeatedly tells the staff to “shut up” and that they are rude.

      “Go speak Chinese to your other staff,” she yells.

      “Shut up and get out of here, you idiot," she tells one of the staff members. "That’s fucking rude.”

      She also tells them to “speak English in Canada” and makes reference to them “shit talking” about her in “another fucking language” in front of her.

      “I just want to put this lady on blast for being extremely rude and racist. And hopefully show her there's consequences to this type of behavior,” Tseng wrote in his Facebook post. “It's sad to see this sort of racism still in 2019 and in Greater Vancouver, BC, and Canada.”

      Although a staff member in the video stated that he would be contacting police, Burnaby RCMP confirmed with the Georgia Straight that they were not contacted about the incident.

      What sparked the incident or what interactions happened prior to the video have not been confirmed yet.

      The Georgia Straight has contacted Shoppers Drug Mart for further information while Tseng was unavailable for an interview.

      Two other racist rants were captured on video in recent months in Metro Vancouver.

      On September 6, Burnaby RCMP arrested a 45-year-old man who had been captured on video making racist and sexist comments on a bus before racially abusing and assaulting an individual on September 5. 

      Raul Miguel Rubio-Alabau was charged with one count of assault, one count of mischief, one count of theft under $5,000, and one count of uttering threats.

      In August, a white woman, identified in news reports as Carla Waldman, was caught on video making a racist rant against an Asian woman, using slurs and telling her to go back to China, in a parking lot in Richmond.

      After an investigation, Richmond RCMP stated that the incident did not meet the requirements for a criminal charge.

      In September, a group of local Chinese citizens, including Coun. Chak Au, demanded to know why she has not been charged and are urging her to make a public apology.

      In response, Richmond RCMP Supt. Will Ng published an open letter in Richmond News, reiterated that the “incident had not met the threshold for a criminal prosecution” and stated that Waldman wrote an apology to the victim, who did not want to pursue the issue.

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