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Residents rally around berated Shuswap restaurant owner

Support for berated owner

Residents and fellow restaurant owners are speaking out in protest after video surfaced of a Shuswap customer yelling profanities at the owners of a Chinese restaurant because his takeout order 'took too long.'

Owner of Salmon Arm's Canoe Beach Cafe, Jim Dunlop, was outraged when he watched the video online, reports CTV News Vancouver

“It’s shocking to see that type of abuse. The grace of the man that had the abuse hurled at him was to me unbelievable. I certainly am not strong enough to do what he did, which was to basically ignore the fool making the noise.”

Dunlop created his own Facebook post encouraging Shuswap residents to support the Chinese Garden restaurant in Blind Bay in a positive way following the incident, by placing orders there. 

“We can all be outraged and do nothing about it, or we can all do something good for this poor couple,” he said.

B.C. Restaurant Association president Ian Tostenson agreed with Dunlop's sentiment. 

“It’s disgusting,” says Tostenson. “I hope that people in the Shuswap can rally behind that little business owner, because it’s really tough for restaurants right now.”

He also referred to another incident which took place in Kelowna last week. 

“We had a situation in Kelowna last week where a family came in of seven, and they lost it because we want seven people and the answer is no, because we are following the rules of the provincial health officer. And we will continue to follow them until we get out of this mess, because that’s the only way we can keep staff and our guests safe.

“If you can’t follow rules, stay home, period, ’cause we don’t want you."


—with files from CTV News Vancouver 

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