Shopper angered at Toronto mall closure


62 Responses to “Shopper angered at Toronto mall closure”

  1. Graeme says:

    To me this illustrates more the problem that for every person who wants to express themselves, there’s 5 people who just want to video someone having a bad day and upload it to the net for attention.

    Face it, no one likes being filmed when they’re upset. And no one likes a smug lookie-loo telling them “you’re in a public place, I can do it if I want”. We used to scorn the paparazzi for this very reason. Now instead of offering someone in distress assistance, we just film them. And show it to everyone.

    Will we at some point allow taste and discretion to enter into this equation?

  2. Anonymous says:

    -Similar videos-
    A woman wants her shark fin soup:
    A woman missed her flight throws a hissy fit:

  3. zorro869 says:

    The Mall was closed because the mad scientist store had an accident and a small amount of Zombie Pox was released into the atmosphere of the mall.

    Thank God our hero decides it’s in his Bill of Rights as a human to shop at the fabulous mall. Now.

    Psst. Buddy, It’s not the Lincoln Memorial, it’s a mall.

    Ahh… I get it… You’re not ready to go Anacharize until you get your Starbuck’s on huh? I don’t blame you.

    But why are you hassling the camera guy?

    Yes, you are a spectacle.

    Yes he can film you.

    …Better leave before a G20 cop rounds the corner, because you would have had 3 tazer darts in you by now.

  4. Lookforthewoman says:

    Meanwhile just up the street a potential looter gets owned by a protester!

  5. zyodei says:

    I think one thing should be said: the whole center of Toronto is in a ridiculous state of police violence, at a cost of $1B to the public purse, where all rights are suspended, while the most prolific and dangerous criminals in the world sit around and pow-wow.

    Certainly, his reaction is irrational. But put into the broader context, of probably a day spent being pushed about, inconvenienced, and threatened, and maybe his reaction makes more sense.

  6. aldasin says:

    You know it is possible to have a psychiatric disorder and still be an asshole.

  7. Adam Stanhope says:

    If it had been in Montreal instead of Toronto, this entire video might have been filmed UNDERGROUND.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Wow…the full spectrum of everything wrong with our society all played out during one weekend in Toronto. Good thing the jackboots weren’t around, or else he may have ended up corralled, beaten, pepper sprayed, and detained without cause…then again he’s protesting for the status-quo…maybe they would recruit him?

    *posted anonymously because I’m scared of Bill Blair

  9. Tim says:

    I love videos of teenagers making fun of mentally challenged people! Oh wait, no…it actually makes me really sad.

  10. Doug Watt says:

    What was the store he wanted to go to, Cadillac something?

  11. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    He doesn’t seem mentally challenged to me. In fact, he seems smart, but angry.

  12. jansob says:

    I love the idea that this obviously left-wing guy with his (pagan-peacenik?) “resistance” t-shirt is apoplectic because he can’t get into the Consumer Cathedral to give more money to the corporations he probably rants about to his friends. And then tries to shut down a videotaper…such a brave warrior against the system!

    The zombie guy next to him was doing the best commentary on the situation, but rant-man was to self-absorbed to notice…

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I love the idea that this obviously left-wing guy with his (pagan-peacenik?) “resistance” t-shirt is apoplectic because he can’t get into the Consumer Cathedral to give more money to the corporations he probably rants about to his friends.

      I love the idea that a middle-aged shopper is kicking up a big fuss about the collateral economic damage of the G20. And you thought that the Black Bloc was only made up of bored teenagers.

  13. Anonymous says:

    That was actually a pretty good speech. That guy should totally run for office.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Are YOU nuts?
    I cannot decide if I am amused, offended, or saddened by this.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Have to agree with Mark on this one. Doesn’t seem mentally challenged. Mentally disturbed? Perhaps.

  16. Jack says:

    Here are the full lyrics. I demand recreations of this event at malls across the world and in different languages and a hardcore song.

    tell us why you’re closed
    tell us why you’re closed
    why why why
    are you closed?
    I want to go shopping in the eaton center
    are you lock – why are you closing your doors
    are you locking your doors to the public
    Tell us the reason
    tell us the reason
    tell us the reason why
    why are you putting people through this
    why are you putting us through this
    who gave you the right
    who gave you the right
    by what right do you
    exclude the population
    who are you
    how dare you do this to us
    are the toronto public
    want to SHOP
    want to get into the eaton center
    is a public place
    says it’s open till seven oclock
    why are you closed why
    tell us why
    tell us why
    doesn’t anyone else care
    it’s just a spectacle to you
    it’s just a spectacle to you
    it’s just funny
    ha ha ha ha
    let the police cut off my balls
    i don’t mind ’cause it’s the cops
    and they’re always right
    you want to go shopping
    you don’t give a shit do you
    not really
    then why don’t you go fuck off with your camera
    and stop stop fi-
    I’m saying I’m not giving you permission to film me
    Alright, you don’t have permission
    No no it’s closed
    Oh really you’re going to explain it to me
    Well tell me why it’s closed
    Oh Cadillac Fairview doesn’t want me in
    That’s why they closed the whole place?
    Are you nuts? Are you crazy?
    I just walked over here for Christ’s sake.

  17. James says:

    Like the cameraman said it’s private property, they can lock their doors to the public if they feel like it.
    If it makes him so angry that they’re not open he should use his powers as a consumer and shop elsewhere instead of throwing his toys out the pram.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I get the feeling that this man woke up that morning and felt the need to protest about something, anything, just as long as he could be adequately angry about it. Maybe he just wasn’t feeling any of the other popular topics of protest currently making the rounds at the summit. Some days, you just gotta protest somethin’.

  19. fnc says:

    That’s just begging to be mixed into a song.

    A very very annoying song.

  20. Sagodjur says:

    He should be thankful this is in Canada. If he was in the US, he’d have been tased at some point in the video.

    Then again, if this was Britain, the cops would let the would-be customer riot while detaining the cameraman under the Terror Act.

  21. Pantograph says:

    Black cap, pounds on glass windows…
    This is what happens when the Black Block sells out and goes mainstream.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Uhg. Being embarrassed for someone else is such an awful feeling.

  23. The Mudshark says:

    Take our freedom, take our dignity, our humanity, but not our right TO SHOP! WE WANT TO SHOP! WHY? WHY? TELL US WHY!

  24. Blaine says:

    Initially I thought he had to have some sort of autistic spectrum disorder, but towards the tail end it’s clear he’s just an asshole.

    The cameraman was excellent. I gotta say, if I owned a mall… I wouldn’t want that guy in there. Perhaps there’s a nugget of truth there.

    • relawson says:

      The cameraman has a hell of a lot more restraint than me. It looked like the crazy guy touched/smacked the camera, and that’s exactly the point that I hit back ;)

      don’t get me wrong, you can do whatever the hell you want, but “your right to swing your arms stops at the end of my nose” so-to-speak.

      what was with the people already inside? were those doors just locked by accident? I saw the mall cop moving the people from the bench inside, but why were they there?

      The teenager kid was awesome, btw. Way to 1up the guy screaming at the door. At least he had more passion to press his body against the building. :)

  25. Anonymous says:

    A brilliant situationist, knowingly or not.

  26. GeekMan says:

    Don’t judge him. He’s fighting for the freedoms of ALL of us.

  27. Anonymous says:

    That guy is just INSANE.

  28. Anonymous says:

    He’s totally Walter from Big Lebowsky.

  29. chgoliz says:

    My first thought, which of course could be totally off-base, is that there are protocols in which a store will close all doors and detain people until a child (or purse snatcher) is found.

    It’s probably just that the mall closed early that day and we’re seeing the tail-end of customers who got into the mall before it officially closed but have not yet left.

    It must be hard to be so persecuted in life.

  30. Anonymous says:

    FYI, the mall went into lockdown during the G20 shenanigans.

  31. Whiskeyjack says:

    This was taken on Saturday in Toronto during the G20 summit. The Eatons Centre had been open earlier in the day, but as the situation got worse, eventually they locked down the mall, which is why I imagine there were people sitting inside still.

  32. Regulas says:


    Of course all of the American readers/viewers are asking themselves, “What the h@#& is and ‘eatons’?”

    Why are you closed?!?

    Might have something to do with not wanting to have their stuff smashed up by a bunch of parasitic-lay about-deadbeat-petty criminals, aka G20 protesters.

  33. Regulas says:

    Typo ~ an ‘eatons’; sorry

  34. Anonymous says:

    Now I’m kind of wondering why they did lock the door. Did they know this guy was coming or something?

  35. BookGuy says:

    This might have been one of the very rare instances in which the use of a taser would be appropriate and justified.

  36. Anonymous says:

    It’s the real-life Ignatious J. Reilly!

  37. HeatVision says:

    Original clip was pulled, but someone posted a copy:

  38. osmo says:

    This is hilarious… and the reason why most socialists have stopped justifying and defending the actions of leftists.

    “Is this just a spectacle to you?” on the other hand is brilliant and as Anon above said – a nice shout out to the long since dead Situationist International and the book “Society of the Spectacle”

  39. weeklyrob says:

    We are the Toronto public! We want to SHOP!

  40. Anonymous says:

    This man probably has a personality disorder and is in the middle of an episode. Take it out of context and it looks like a ‘typical consumer’ frothing at the mouth to spend his money on crap. In reality, he probably needs some help.

    Blaine – not to single you out but can you really rule out autism, bipolar disorder, etc. and simply label him an asshole by looking at a few minutes of video? If so, you’re a psychiatric genius.

  41. Anonymous says:


  42. boyhowdy says:

    Oh, thank god. I thought it was just me.

    ^referring to being borked, of course. Of course…

  43. oasisob1 says:

    Truly a wonderful thing. He’s awesome. He deserves to be Internet Famous! I want to follow him on Twitter, Friend him on Facebook and stalk him on MySpace. I want a T-shirt with his face, in my face. Are you crazy? Are YOU crazy?!

  44. lectio says:

    Peter Mansbridge totally needs to have that guy on his ‘One on One.’

  45. Anonymous says:

    This is why the Anarchy movement is doomed! Today, they just want more places to shop….

  46. Orchestra Spy says:

    I think he’s fabulously gay, not disabled. It’s was Saturday and he needed Booster Juice god dammit! You know how hard it is to get freshly squeezed juice downtown?

  47. Dave Faris says:

    Aw, he’s just like you and me. And he has questions. Many, many questions. But no answers. They’re questions we’ve all asked at one point or another, aren’t they? He’s just asked them all in a row, is all.


    He’s very existential, in a way.


  48. Dave Faris says:

    …and on my 500th rewatching of this, it looks like, right in the beginning, there’s a woman on the inside who is gesturing to a person on the outside, and my interpretation is that there are other doors to the mall that are open, but these particular doors just happen to be locked.

    I could be wrong, but if this guy figured that out, I’m betting he would feel like a tremendous jackass.

  49. JEM says:

    He’s not crazy, he just needs some retail therapy.

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