'Lowest of the low': 高贵林港市长欲刑事指控一对高价出售口罩夫妇

原文标题:'Lowest of the low': Port Coquitlam mayor wants criminal charges for pair caught selling masks

作者: LISA STEACY

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https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/03/22/lowest-of-the-low-port-coquitlam-mayor-wants-criminal-charges-for-pair-caught-re-selling-masks/


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在高贵林港(Port Coquitlam)公园里,一对以高价出售医用口罩的夫妇引起了该市市长的愤怒,这对夫妇将被进行调查并受到刑事指控。

有市民在一个小型社区公园里看到两个人带着装有满是口罩的纸箱并了解到将进行出售时,联系了布拉德·韦斯特市长。

“我将及时按照相关法律,他们将受到最高500美元的罚款,更重要的是,我们将此事转交给了皇家骑警,因为他们还附有刑事责任,”

韦斯特市长说,这对夫妇的举动令他“震惊,残酷,冷酷,自私,不负责任。”

他已向高贵林皇家骑警发出警报,并希望提起刑事诉讼,并补充说该市仅有权处以罚款。

他说:“显然,没有足够大的罚款,他们的城市必须能够阻止这种情况。”

“在前所未有的公共卫生危机时期,必须向这些人以及任何试图从医疗用品中获利的人传达一个非常明确的信息。”

“我们的社区,我们的省,我们的国家,整个世界都在团结起来,为制止这种病毒的传播尽自己的一份力量。我们所听到的是这些医用口罩在医院供不应求。”

他说,通过罚款的方式来警告这对夫妇不是重点,他们本身的行为已经是对“基本人格”的冒犯。


PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — A pair of people selling medical masks at inflated prices in a Port Coquitlam park has drawn the ire of the city’s mayor, who wants them investigated and criminally charged.

A concerned constituent contacted Mayor Brad West after seeing two people set up with cardboard boxes full of masks for sale beside a baseball diamond in a small, community park.

“I was able to immediately get our by-law dispatched and we caught the people. We caught the people and we levied the maximum available fine which is $500, and more importantly we forwarded the matter to the RCMP because this cries out for criminal accountability,” he said.

West says the pair returned after the first fine was levied, a move he describes as “shocking, egregious, callous, selfish, irresponsible.”

He has alerted to Coquitlam RCMP and hopes criminal charges will be pursued, adding the city only has the authority to impose fines.

“Clearly, there’s not a fine large enough that they city has to be able to deter this,” he said.

“There needs to be a very clear message sent to these people and anyone else who would try and profit off of medical supplies at a time of unprecedented public health crisis.”

The pair’s actions are particularly galling to West because shortages of crucial supplies have been reported.

“Our community, our province, our country, the entire world is coming together to do their part to stop the spread of this virus.These are medical masks that we’re hearing are in short supply in hospitals.”

He said the matter of how much the duo were charging is beside the point, calling the act itself an affront to “basic human decency.”

With files from Jonathan Szekeres

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