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Man pepper sprayed and arrested after refusing to wear mask inside Tim Hortons

While incidents involving deranged anti-maskers keep taking place (and getting filmed) across the U.S., a select few Canadians have proven that we're not immune to the same idiocy north of the border.

Midday Saturday — the first day that face coverings became mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Quebec — a man was caught on film having a complete meltdown over being asked to wear the protective garment in a Montreal Tim Hortons.

The incident, which took place in Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension and went on for more than four minutes, ended with police intervention as the man continued to refuse to don a mask or leave the establishment.

He was tackled to the ground and pepper sprayed for not cooperating, eventually removed from the Timmy's and arrested for interfering with police work.

The video of the whole ordeal, posted to Facebook by the man's partner (who can be heard shouting in the background), was re-shared and viewed well over 100,000 times before the initial source was deleted.

Reactions to the episode have been divisive, with some Canadians thinking the culprit deserved the repercussions for flouting the new mask bylaw and insisting upon making a scene rather than simply leaving.

Others feel that the police's use of force was unnecessary and that rules around masks are the first step down a slippery slope of losing all of our personal liberties — such as the freedom to potentially infect and be infected by others amid a global pandemic that is still waging.

Lead photo by

Sandra Bourgoin


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