A man expressed his displeasure with the latest mobile network technology by throwing the equivalent of a carton of eggs at a store in Campbell River.
Two employees at the Quinsam Communications Discovery Center were going about their business towards the end of their workday on Saturday afternoon when the man – wearing a red sweatshirt and a gray bandana on his face – walked in and began to screaming about 5G technology.
“This has nothing to do with you boys,” he said before tossing the first egg.
He seemed to think people were using the 5G network to access his cellular devices, and by the profanity he was using, as well as the eggs he was throwing, seemed quite upset about it.
Store co-owner Ryan Toporowski said the explosion appeared to be based on a conspiracy.
“There are a lot of customers who ask questions from time to time about the new capabilities of the networks provided by Telus, and we are able to provide them with accurate information,” he said.
“But when it comes to people like the person who walked into our store and have a different idea of how the world works, it’s a little hard to help people when they don’t even give you a chance.”
While it can be easy to shed some light on the situation, Toporowski said that once the people at Quinsam thought about it, everyone agreed that they were just hoping the man was found and that he gets the help he needs.
Const. Maury Tire of the Campbell River RCMP said a file was created for the incident and also noted that a similar event occurred in Port Alberni the same day. Although Tire has not confirmed where, Toporwoski volunteered to say it was at the Tom Harris Cellular.
Conspiracy theories centered on new wireless networking technology have quickly spread on social media over the past two years.
Some argue that 5G causes cancer, others that it kills birds, and some even suggest that it is linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In general, there has been an increase in the social media fueled issues that police have dealt with in recent years and a big part of that is the monstrous increase in the use of social media,” Tire said.
“The internet is a great tool for getting organized quickly, easily, and often anonymously, but it also comes with serious problems with confirmation bias created by algorithms in search engines and social media applications, including people. really need to be aware ”.
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