To the Editor,
It was a sad day when I was asked (albeit politely) to leave a popular Nanaimo mall because I was wearing a festive Halloween costume, one that took months to make from scratch. I was dressed as a skeleton in a coffin, so yes the costume did cover my face, my whole body in fact.
The security guard was only doing her job, and so my beef is not with her, she said there had been robberies in the past and so covering one’s face was deemed a security risk. But I ask how would it have been possible to rob a store and make a ‘getaway,’ if that had been my intention, while dressed as a skeleton festively entombed inside a cardboard coffin? Really?
Freedom of expression in this case did not apply.