Charges laid in intentional spitting incidents (yes, plural)

A man has been arrested and charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public after it was reported that he was spitting on people that he rode by on his bike this past weekend.

Multiple people have come forward, three of which have been noted publicly, exclaiming this same man spat on them as he rode past on his bike during the same time frame on Saturday afternoon.

Initial fears right now are further transmission of the COVID. All victims of the spitting incident who have come forward have been tested for COVID, been subject to contact tracing and have to isolate in their homes until their tests have been/are returned.

It’s not being reported whether the spitting man has been tested for COVID. Though it’s speculative, I’m assuming that they have tested him since his arrest, if for no other reason because spitting on people is a public health and safety risk right now.

It’s been widely reported that transmission of this virus occurs from transmission of a person’s liquid droplets – coughing, sneezing, and yes, spitting are included. Spitting on someone in the middle of a pandemic can mean serious illness, a hospital stay or even death if someone is infected.

Social anxiety has been on the rise in vast numbers the past several months with so many people realizing that serious harm can come through germ transmission. What would you do, how would you react if a stranger intentionally spit on you during this pandemic, or, at any point in time pandemic or not?

I know what I’d do and it wouldn’t be polite, or the least bit kind.

46 thoughts on “Charges laid in intentional spitting incidents (yes, plural)

      1. (I deleted your other comments after I saw you said you left it for someone else on accident) I don’t think he’ll get a slap on the wrist only because he’s on video doing it. In Canadian law it’s a form of assault, so he’s guilty as it’s on video. I don’t know if the possession of a weapon dangerous to the public will stick, but the assault definitely will.

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    1. It’s such a disrespectful thing to do to someone when there isn’t a global pandemic. But right now, when it could bring serious harm? That’s purposefully inflicting harm upon someone. I hate that someone can deliberately do that.

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    1. It happened on Saturday. He’s also been charged with assault, as in Canadian law spitting on someone is a form of assault. I just mentioned the possession of a weapon dangerous to the public because that seemed like the peculiar charge to me. But I guess, peculiar times of a global pandemic make for peculiar charges.

      I think it may have been an effort on behalf of the cops to charge him with the severity of the harm inflicted on being spat on by a stranger during a pandemic. Nobody could know if we was positive for the virus or not. You know what I mean? Of course, I’m speculating. But, yes, we all possess the ability to spit on someone. We all possess the ability to stab someone with a knife from our kitchens too, that doesn’t mean we should do it… at least that’s what I’m getting out of the charge. And hey, if the police can make the charge stick then it could act like a deterrence for other assholes who might want to? Now that I’m typing this, I’m wondering what ever happened to that man in the states who was wiping his nose on people’s shirts a month or so back…

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      1. I doubt dangerous weapon will stick. But it’s being widely reported across provincial news today, so ‘everyone’ knows. Maybe that was the point?

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    1. You sent me down a rabbit hole after sharing this with me. The man was never charged and the police determined him spitting on her was not the cause of her death. What the actual fuck? I don’t understand how that can be quantified. Not only did they determine he wasn’t the cause of her death, but the man didn’t get charged with anything… at all.

      I’m not one for saying ‘sue them’, but that family should fucking sue everyone involved. The man, the employer, the BTP. Sue all of them and sue the crap out of them.

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      1. I know what you mean. You could never prove that it DID result in her dying, but you definitely can’t say it didn’t, either. You can say it had the potential to cause it and that’s definitely serious and he should’ve been charged, on top of the basic fact of the assault!

        But that’s how things work hereβ€” inconsistency and stupid illogical arguments are the rule. If she had been white and the spitter had been black? That would be an interesting comparison…

        And yeah I don’t understand how these things can quietly get swept under the carpet. Surely friends and family would make a huge fuss about it? I hate how articles like this always just leave me with a million questions…

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  1. Pandemic or not, my knee-jerk reaction most probably won’t be polite or kind. As for the charge, doubtful it’ll stick, unless legislators had the time or any spare bandwidth left to update the definition of dangerous weapons in this context.

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    1. I doubt the possession of a dangerous weapon will stick. But, he was also charged with assault, and since it’s on video, that will probably stick against him.

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  2. Spitting, pandemic or not, is seriously not okay. You can’t just spit on ANYONE and if its intentional… Like HOW ABSOLUTELY disgusting. Not okay AT ALL. I’m glad he got arrested. Why wasn’t he wearing a mask in the first place?

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    1. They haven’t mandated masks in this city yet. They tried too but it was blocked and there was a giant protest at city hall saying it infringes on people’s rights and they shouldn’t have to wear masks. It’s currently being voted on in city hall and if passed will come into play on August 1.

      Sadly, there’s still a lot of people in this city who don’t wear masks right now. Which is kind of why I keep my excursions to a minimum. The virus is on a big upswing in this city and I have no desire to be around that.

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  3. When you have someone out there who is willing to do something like this, under the current conditions of a pandemic, normal justice isnt really useful. It takes a level of sinister thought to do this, in context, so the regular court process seems a silly waste of time IMHO.

    The other side of this is he has a lot of potential civil action as well. Everyone of those people could sue him for lost wages, pain and suffering (due to stress etc) on and on. Having been involved in litigation myself a time or two it drags on and on. He’s just sentenced himself to years of dealing with the consequences. What an idiot.

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    1. CIVIL Suits aren’t as much of a thing here as they are in the United States. That being said, if someone did try to sue him, I’d probably be well in their favour!

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  4. I’m afraid I would smack them one and if he was riding by on a bike I would try to push him off. People who do that are deranged, even if it’s only a temporary aberration, and they need to be locked up. It is getting out of control.

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    1. I’m not a huge fan of inflicting violence on people, but I feel like if someone spat on me right now I’d probably be angry enough to push them right off that bike too.
      Then I’d right away because actual human contact with strangers scares me right now. COVID is running rampant through this city.

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  5. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m sorry, this might upset some people, but I find it fucking hilarious πŸ˜‚ If this happened to me, I’d probably just be like… Yeah… Well… Whatever… πŸ˜‚

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    1. Regardless of how you feel on the matter, I would hope that if a stranger spat on you, you would get tested for COVID, if for no other reason than to protect your on health and well being.

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      1. Nah, I probably wouldn’t, because I don’t really care XD. If I got sick, I’d rather die than go to the fucking doctor, I hate that XD. Apart from that, I always assume that I’m not sick, it’s like placebo, if you just assume you’re healthy, you never get sick lol. Haven’t even caught a cold in years.

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  6. Spitting is disgusting in any capacity. Can’t abide people who spit in the street, or well, anywhere!
    In the UK being spat on is considered assault. If that happened to me, I would call the police and they would swab me. Due to the current climate I am also guessing I would have to be tested for COVID-19.

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    1. It is considered assault here as well. He is being charged with assault. I just mentioned the ‘possession of a weapon’ charge because it was very… unique. I would sincerely hope that if anyone’s saliva – spit or sneeze or cough or anything – came near you, you’d get tested! There’s no sense in risking your health at this stage of the pandemic!!!

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