Canada Guelph grocery store employee spit on by ‘impatient’ customer: police

19:28  03 april  2020
19:28  03 april  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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a person standing in front of a window: Guelph police want to speak with two people after a grocery store employee was spat on. © Supplied Guelph police want to speak with two people after a grocery store employee was spat on.

Guelph police say a grocery store employee was allegedly spat on by a customer on Wednesday evening.

It happened at the Zehrs near the intersection of Eramosa Road and Stevenson Street at around 6:45 p.m, according to police.

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Const. Kyle Grant said a customer was waiting in the checkout line and became impatient with the wait and ultimately spit on a woman.

"Spitting on someone is considered an assault," he said.

Guelph police have released photos of two people seen leaving the store, but Grant didn't specify which person is alleged to have spit on the clerk.

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The employee is seen opening up the wrap and spitting directly into it in the disturbing footage. It prompted a grovelling apology from the store 's owners, who claimed they fired the staff member on Refuse to serve them, kick them out, but don't spit .' Missoula Police is reportedly investigating the

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"We're trying to figure out exactly what happened and bring this incident to a resolution," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the lead investigator at 519-824-1212 ext. 7453. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or through its website.

Grant said he didn't believe any laws were broken under the province's emergency orders in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

He acknowledged that the measures implemented by grocery stores to stop the spread of COVID-19 have slowed things down a bit.

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"It's important that everyone has that patience and understands that this isn't being done to inconvenience people, this is being done to keep everyone healthy, to keep everyone safe," he said.

Global News has reached out to Zehrs' parent company Loblaws for comment and will update this story when we hear back.0

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