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Burnaby RCMP not ticketing people in restaurants from different households

Last Updated Dec 2, 2020 at 11:34 am PDT

The empty table of a closed bar is seen through a window in downtown Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Summary

Mounties are clearing up a rumour that made the rounds on Twitter this weekend

A video claiming officers were ticketing people in restaurants from different households is false: Burnaby RCMP

Officers don't have the authority to enforce what the video claimed

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — Burnaby RCMP are advising the public to think twice before believing everything you see on social media after a misleading video surfaced on Twitter this weekend.

The video appeared to show officers checking to make sure everyone at a table in a local restaurant was from the same household. But Cpl. Mike Kalanj says officers don’t have the authority to enforce what the video claimed.

“What actually was happening in the video is: it was Friday evening Burnaby detachment got a criminal complaint of a threat at the restaurant. So the members that are seen in the video we’re actually at the restaurant investigating criminal activity,” he explains.

“So, when the when you see the member, the police officer, talking to the man and woman at the table, he’s discussing the incident that they were called up there for.”

The video has since been deleted, but Kalanj says it’s frustrating knowing people who don’t follow the Burnaby RCMP on Twitter won’t know it’s fake.

This is not the first rumour to circulate online related to COVID-19 regulations. Last week the Surrey RCMP had to clarify it was not writing tickets for people driving together from different households despite numerous posts.

– With files from Sonia Aslam