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'Speak English in Canada': Racist rant caught on video in Burnaby drugstore

Last Updated Oct 29, 2019 at 7:26 pm PST

Summary

A video showing a woman yelling racial criticisms at staff in a Burnaby Shoppers is going viral

The man who took the video says the incident makes him concerned about multiculturalism in Canada

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – A Burnaby man says he’s concerned about the state of multiculturalism in Canada after witnessing a racist tirade at a local drugstore.

Allen Tseng posted a video he took yesterday to Facebook, and it’s been viewed more than 13,000 times since.

“Saw this happen today at the Shoppers Drug Mart on Kingsway/McMurray,” his post says. “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 behaviour. It’s sad to see this sort of racism still in 2019 and in Greater Vancouver, BC, and Canada.”

The video shows a woman with a school-aged boy in tow yelling at staff at the checkout counter of the drugstore.

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A Burnaby man says he’s concerned about the state of multiculturalism in Canada after witnessing a racist tirade at a local drugstore. Allen Tseng posted a video he took yesterday to Facebook, and it’s been viewed more than 13,000 times since. “Saw this happen today at the Shoppers Drug Mart on Kingsway/McMurray,” his post says. “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 behaviour. It’s sad to see this sort of racism still in 2019 and in Greater Vancouver, BC, and Canada.” The video shows a woman with a school-aged boy in tow yelling at staff at the checkout counter of the drugstore. “If you want to talk to me, you bring your manager here, you idiot, or go speak Chinese with your other staff and s***- talk me somewhere else,” she says. “Speak English in Canada.” Full story online. Link in bio. Video credit: Allen Tseng #NEWS1130 #BurnabyBC #racism

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“If you want to talk to me, you bring your manager here, you idiot, or go speak Chinese with your other staff and s***- talk me somewhere else,” she says. “Speak English in Canada.”

Tseng says he didn’t want to get involved and escalate the situation, so he waited to talk to the store employees after the woman had left.

“From what I could gather, and I talked to them a little bit after, is that it was over some sort of mishandling of the transaction. I’m not sure if it was a return, or exchange, or perhaps not honouring a price that they had,” he tells NEWS 1130, adding he feels bad for the little boy who witnessed it all first-hand.

“It also made me feel really angry, just because I think it was really unjustified anger, misdirected anger and came from a really hateful place,” Tseng say. “Discrimination is just disgusting.”