A routine day at a Canadian tire shop turned violent recently when police had to be called in to deal with an unruly customer. Trouble began when a man in his 30s began threatening customers and responding officers, who had to use pepper spray to subdue the man, The Mississauga News reports.
The incident started around 6:45 p.m. when the employees called the police. When they arrived on the scene they noticed the customer acting erratically, and the situation took a turn for the worse when the man brandished a rock and said he would throw it at the authorities. It was at that point police knew they had to use pepper spray to quell the situation, according to the news source.
The device is one of the best non-lethal ways to subdue a potentially violent individual. When hit with the spray, people feel a burning sensation in their eyes, nose, mouth and skin because it targets the mucous membranes. The effects can last anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes.
While it is a commonly used device by police, ordinary citizens may want to buy pepper spray to boost their personal safety. However, be sure to check established laws for carrying as they tend to vary from state to state.