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Man wanted in racist tirade at T&T Supermarket turns himself in

Last Updated Jul 16, 2020 at 12:32 pm EDT

A screen grab from the video taken at the T&T supermarket in Mississauga.

A man wanted in connection with a racist tirade at T&T Supermarket in Mississauga has turned himself in to police.

Police say 48-year-old John McCash of Mississauga was served with a summons for causing a disturbance and is scheduled to appear in court on September 25 to answer to the charge.

The incident, which was caught on video, happened on July 5 at the store at 715 Central Parkway West.

The nearly four-minute video begins with the man, who appears to be shopping with an Asian woman, talking to a female employee about the store’s mandatory mask policy.

His anti-mask stance quickly evolved into a racist rant directed at the store’s Asian employees.

Chief Nishan Duraiappah said in a statement the police service is committed to pursuing these incidents and reporting hate crimes is essential to stopping them.

“Hate crime incidents impact our community, creating a ripple effect. It can increase feelings of vulnerability, anxiety, and fear, not only on the individual who has directly been victimized but, as we have seen with this incident, on the broader community,” said Chief Duraiappah.

Loblaws Companies Limited, which is the parent company for T&T Supermarket, released a statement on Facebook last week, saying the man has been banned from all their stores including T&T Supermarket, Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart.