The 30-second-video of the incident, which was first posted on TikTok, has gone viral on the internet.
Trigger warning: The story contains graphic details that may be distressing to some.
In an incident that was captured on video and posted to the social media website TikTok, a woman traveling inside a bus in Vancouver, Canada was pushed off the vehicle following a scuffle with a fellow passenger. The clip, which was later deleted, lasted for around 30 seconds and was spread far and wide across the nooks and crannies of the internet. The video, which starts in the middle of the quarrel, shows the maskless woman arguing with a man.
The safety of our customers is our #1 priority. Thank you to everyone for their concern. @TransitPolice are currently investigating this matter. ^rw— TransLink BC | Masks Mandatory (@TransLink) October 22, 2020
In the background, someone could be heard saying the word, "disgusting" after which the woman turned to the man sitting in the bus and spat right at him. Immediately, the enraged man got off his seat and aggressively shoved the woman towards the door. He went on to give her a second push, after which the woman was out of the bus and on the ground. At this point, another woman can be heard saying, "Oh my god, what's wrong with you?" A fellow passenger went to help the maskless woman while the enraged man said, "She spit on me," as he wiped the saliva off his forehead, as reported by the Independent.
This dude it’s disrespectful and she should not reacted like that either but he should never attacked her... what the fuck is wrong with people— ♡*🎀 𝒜𝓃𝑔𝒾𝑒 🎀❥⋆˚✩♡* (@lamax2009) October 23, 2020
The video still managed to go viral as soon as it was uploaded and the incident came to the attention of Transit Police. They sent some authorities to check for witnesses on the bus to find out any information they might have. Furthermore, the incident was also acknowledged by TransLink who also happened to see the video. TransLink runs the city's public transport services and they were quoted saying: "The safety of our customers is our #1 priority. Thank you to everyone for their concern. Transit Police are currently investigating this matter."
.@SgtCHampton says even if someone isn't wearing a mask, don't react. They may have a medical condition preventing them from doing so. He's asking people not to "police" @TransLink 's mandatory mask police which kicked in two months ago. Details on @NEWS1130.— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) October 22, 2020
Sgt. Clint Hampton from the police department said, as quoted by CTV News, "It’s gone over to our external investigation unit, they are attempting to reach out to the individual who had posted the video in an effort to gather additional information." Since the video was later deleted and considering how challenging it is to get in touch with someone through TikTok, the officer went on to say, "This makes the investigation difficult, we are working off of a video with very limited information. We know when the video was posted but we don’t know when it was taken. Was this taken yesterday or was it taken three months ago? We are asking if anybody was a witness to this even or was involved in this event to please contact transit police." Sgt. Hampton added, "It’s disgusting. No other way to put it, for people to be spat on is disgusting for people."
It is still unknown as to what exactly caused the tussle on the bus, and whether or not it had something to do with the fact that the woman was not wearing a mask. TransLink had already made several announcements prior to this incident urging commuters to wear masks while using public transport. Spitting on someone counts as an assault in Canada and the woman would likely be facing charges. However, in the event of someone not wearing a mask, the police told people that it was not wise for individuals to take matters into their own hands. "If there is somebody on transit who is not wearing a mask, we encourage people to socially distance themselves from that person," Sgt. Clint Hampton added. "We don’t want people trying to police the mandatory mask policy and putting themselves at risk."
This might be an unpopular take, but she deserved that. It's not different than if a guy did it. Spitting on someone or launching your biological projectiles intentionally towards other people is one of the most disgusting and offensive things you can do and that's OUTSIDE 1/— Oilers 'Big Ed' Insider (@InsiderOilers) October 22, 2020