Sunday, June 16, 2013
Ford juice incident no big deal: Witness
Scarborough resident Melissa Dwyer said that the civic leader acted “like nothing ever happened” when a cup of juice was thrown at him during the Taste of Italy festival.
Dwyer, who was at Crawford Rd. and College St. to celebrate Father’s Day with her family, said the mayor talked to a woman who threw a cup of juice at him.
“You could tell he definitely felt a little sad inside, but that didn’t stop him from continuing with the rest of his day,” Dwyer said.
Both the mayor and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, joked about ordeal on their weekly talk show Sunday afternoon, calling it a “little shower.”
Dwyer said even when Ford and his assistant caught the woman, they weren’t angry and appeared calm.
“They caught her and asked her, ‘Why would you do this?’ but nobody got angry at her. Everyone was very pleasant about the entire situation,” Dwyer said.
She added that after his staff member alerted police officers, who were standing nearby, the mayor walked away and continued taking pictures with people who had gathered and formed a line around the block.
The crowd of people who witnessed what had occurred, and those who walked by afterwards, were impressed with how he handled the situation. Even some of the vendors who were working the event commented on it, Dwyer said.
Councillor Doug Ford told the Toronto Sun’s Don Peat Saturday that the people at the festival treated him, “like a friggen rockstar.”
Shannon Everett, 27, of Toronto, has been charged with assault. She is scheduled to appear in an Old City Hall courtroom on July 23.
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