Social distancing talk leads to assaults at Brant grocery store

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A County of Brant man faces charges after two grocery store employees were assaulted.

The County of Brant Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of an assault by a customer on an employee at the Sobeys grocery store in Paris on Sunday at 2:45 p.m.

Officers learned a customer was being advised of the store rules regarding social distancing when an altercation occurred between the customer and a teenage employee. The OPP said the employee told the accused he had to use a cart to encourage physical distance between him and the other patrons.

The customer then entered the grocery store and a second altercation took place with a manager of the store.

Police have charged George Rutherford, 77, of the County of Brant with assault and uttering threats.

He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date to answer to the charge.

Anyone with information about this or any incident in the County of Brant can call the County of Brant OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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