The video begins by exhibiting two males yelling at one another on a SkyTrain.
One is carrying a masks and the opposite will not be. Each are shut and in every others’ faces.
When the pair sits down individually the yelling continues, and the maskless man says to a different rider, “I will pay you $100 to punch him out.”
“It is fairly an aggressive, verbal altercation that we see,” mentioned Sgt. Clint Hampton with Metro Vancouver Transit Police. “And the truth is that this might have escalated into one thing much more critical.”
It’s unclear when the incident really came about or what prompted the argument, however the video was posted to YouTube on Wednesday and the poster titled it “Corona Virus Combat On SkyTrain.”
CTV Information has reached out to the poster for context.
Transit police haven’t been capable of decide what day the incident occurred because the poster didn’t attain out to them straight.
“Makes it very, very troublesome, as a result of we do not essentially have a timeframe, a date or something like that,” mentioned Hampton.
The 2-minute lengthy video continues with various expletives shouted at one another and different riders, a person and a lady, seem to get entangled.
At one level, somebody might be heard yelling, “Let’s go then. I will kick his a** outdoors.” This happens because the SkyTrain is pulling into the Joyce-Collingwood cease.
The maskless man then shouts, claiming the pandemic is, “pretend, it is pretend, it is so f***ing pretend!”
He goes on to exclaim, “Get up, have you ever seen the funeral properties? You see useless our bodies? It is so f***ing pretend.”
This video has surfaced the identical week B.C. is seeing COVID-19 circumstances climb at a file tempo.
Provincial well being officer Dr. Bonnie Henry mentioned Monday she recommends the general public to put on masks inside all public areas and that it is a part of their “mutual obligations to guard ourselves and to guard one another.”
This isn’t the primary time the pandemic has seemed to be on the centre of a battle on transit.
Final week, a video exhibiting an unmasked girl spitting on a fellow bus passenger was posted to TikTok. Within the video, the lady who spat on somebody is then shoved down the steps and out the facet door of the bus.
Hampton informed CTV Information MVTP has recognized each individuals concerned on this incident.
“Our officers are nonetheless working by that investigation and figuring out what fees if any can be applicable,” he mentioned.
And final month, two males received right into a violent battle after one supplied the opposite a masks when he wasn’t carrying one, reminding him of TransLink’s necessary masks coverage.
“These are actually uncommon incidents,” mentioned Hampton expressing the security of the general public transit system.
“We do not need individuals to confront these people as a result of we do not wish to see an incident like this,” he went on, “in the event that they see one thing like this unfolding, discreetly name or textual content transit police in order that we will intervene and hopefully cease that incident from escalating into one thing extra critical.”