div> A Kelowna woman was taken into custody over the weekend after an incident at Value Village in Rutland.
According to the RCMP, the woman was asked to leave the store on Sunday afternoon after refusing to wear a mask.
However, she also refused to leave, which resulted in staff calling the RCMP around 4 p.m. as she was now seen as trespassing on private property.
Officers arrived at the scene and made “great efforts” to get her to leave peacefully, but she again refused and had to be taken away in handcuffs.
This part of the ordeal was filmed and posted on Twitter by @ Jules50278750, who said her husband was also briefly detained by police for calling the store manager a communist.
** The Twitter user who posted this video has deleted it since the date of posting. **
– The storm 🇨🇦 STOP THE FLIGHT !!! (@ Jules50278750) November 23, 2020
“During the arrest, the woman allegedly hit the police several times, yelled and refused to cooperate.”
The 41-year-old has since been released on conditions for a future hearing date and the case will be referred to the BC Prosecution Service for review.
The Kelowna RCMP have also issued the following statement regarding their involvement and duties in incidents such as this:
The RCMP continues to focus on educating and encouraging members of the public who may not be following the security measures established by public health authorities. Kelowna RCMP note that companies have a responsibility due to the recent public health order to require their customers to wear face or non-medical masks when on site and to refuse service if non-compliant . Individuals have the right not to come to the business if they decide not to wear a protective mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We strongly encourage everyone to follow provincial health ordinances for their own safety and that of others.