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Expletive-filled argument on SkyTrain caught on video; COVID-19 appears to fuel fight

Last Updated Oct 29, 2020 at 9:35 am PST

Summary

A YouTube video shows a heated argument on board a SkyTrain between people who yell about the COVID-19 pandemic

It appears a loud exchange on a SkyTrain may have been sparked by differing opinions on the COVID-19 health crisis

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Tensions continue to flare amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with yet another intense argument on transit around Metro Vancouver caught on video.

It’s unclear exactly when the heated exchange took place on board a SkyTrain as it appraoches Joyce-Collingwood, but video of it was posted to YouTube on Wednesday.

While the exact reason for the argument is also unknown, it appears the COVID-19 pandemic may have played a role in fuelling the back and forth.

The two-minute footage, filled with F-bombs, shows a maskless man verbally going at it with multiple people.

Content warning: The following video contains language some viewers may find offensive. Discretion is advised.

At first, he’s face to face with another man, both yelling at the top of their lungs, apparently about an open window.

The maskless man is heard saying “get out of my f***ing face,” multiple times.

Eventually a third man and a woman get involved.

Things seem to simmer, with everyone involved sitting back down, but then the maskless man is heard telling someone to either close a window or open it, before adding “pandemic supposedly right now, you close the f***ing window.”

The woman then mentions mask-wearing, prompting the man to go on a rant about the pandemic.

“It’s fake, it’s fake, it’s so f***ing fake,” the man is heard yelling.

“F***ing wake up,” he continues. “You see the funeral homes? You see dead bodies? It’s so f***ing fake.”

The person who filmed the video then gets off at Joyce-Collingwood so it’s unclear how the brawl ended.

In an email to NEWS 1130, Metro Vancouver Transit Police says it is looking into the matter.

“We have not been able to connect this incident to any calls received by the Transit Police,” the email reads. “Transit Police want to remind the public that masks are mandatory on all forms of Transit, with the exception of an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits the ability to wear a mask or face covering.”

This is not the first time the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have played a role in a fight in Metro Vancouver. Last week, a video circulating on social media showed a woman being off a bus after she spit on someone.

And last month, a fight between two men broke out on a bus in Surrey, after one of them refused to wear a mask.