Vancouver mayor apologizes to U.K. tourists deemed ‘suspicious’

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has apologized to three British tourists who were the subject of an internal police bulletin for shooting video inside Pacific Centre Mall.

Robertson invited Mohammed Sharaz, his 14-year-old son Salahuddin Sharaz, and family friend Mohammed Kareem out to breakfast Sunday morning to apologize on behalf of the city.

“The last thing we want to happen is for them to think they weren’t treated well in Vancouver,” said Robertson.

…Sharaz says he is considering legal action against Vancity Buzz, the media website that first published the unblurred photos.

h/t Minicapt

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  • Blind Druid

    For once I got this one by the mods on CBC, wishing it were really true — “It’s all good, now go back to the U.K. and warn the ROP brethren over there not to try any crap over here in Canada, because we are way more on the ball than the dhimmi Brits.”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    So, how many more atrocities, and in what frequency, will be necessary for vigilance to replace cowardice?

    • El Martyachi

      There’s gotta be room for antipathetic apathy in there somewhere.

  • Cat-astrophe

    Sunny days
    Oh, sunny, sunny, sunny days
    Ain’t nothin’ better in the world, you know….

    Lighthouse knew….

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Wasn’t that a Canadian band?
      Or a Pete Townshend concept album?

      • Ed Ellison

        Canadian band popular in the late 60’s and early seventies.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I should remember them but Three Dog Night is clouding me.

        • Clausewitz

          They sponsored my Pee Wee hockey team in Dixie, now part of Mississauga back when we were nothing more than a collection of villages.

      • barryjr

        Yup they also did a pretty good cover of “8 miles high”.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I love 8 Miles HIgh even though the Byrds were hippies who couldn’t play their instruments and had to have the Wrecking Crew record their songs.

      • Cat-astrophe

        They were a late 60’s early 70’s Toronto version of the band Chicago, that was played incessantly in Canada due to the first Trudeau government’s “Canadian content laws.”

        I still cannot stand some of the overplayed Canadian stuff from that social engineering project.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I do not like CanCon.
          And it persists to this day.

          • Cat-astrophe

            I finally quit listening to the radio, period, so i don’t know or care what they play anymore.
            From the old days though, those songs are on endless loop in my brain, and I just need a hint, like some one typing “Sunny ways”, and that one starts. I don’t need to listen to them again to hear them….just a trigger word, note or idea….it’s like a curse.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I get assaulted with classic rock at work all the time.
            Drives me fucking crazy.
            In one of my last jobs I got assaulted with secretary pop.
            I fucking hate it.
            My life has mostly been one of solitude and the music I like has been my soundtrack to sanity.
            Some people don’t like fragrances.
            I hate bad music.

          • El Martyachi

            Sanity is overrated. Just sayin’.

          • Canadian

            You are not alone with that curse, believe me.

      • El Martyachi

        … heard ‘pop goes the world’ on 94.3 today. Made my day (doesn’t take much)…

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Johnny and Jenny.
          That was a brilliant and under appreciated concept album.
          I still like Folk of the 80’s Part 1 the best.
          I come from utter space.

          • El Martyachi

            .. will take your word for it. I was still boy without pubes when men without hats were big.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I looked twelve when I was eighteen.
            It’s great now that I’m closing out my forties.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2uJA9uzWbo

          • That’s a lot of information.

          • El Martyachi
          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Did I tell you that I still have all my own pubic hair?
            Sometime I forget whom I have told.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I still have all my own pubic hair.

          • El Martyachi

            Sorry but this pubic hair conversation can’t continue because I’ll just end up speculating about Mamba..

            Sorta related.. I think millenial hipsters use rogaine to grow their pube-like beards.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I’m told she shaves with her katana, but what she shaves can never be revealed.

          • El Martyachi

            You’ve left me no choice. Glorious is death in pursuit of stripes that go all the way down.

            https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/9b/c8/39/9bc83970ccbde4bcab6ad847c733556d.jpg

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            You hacked her iPhoto account!
            When she harvests your mortal soul, can I have your flatscreen?

            Edit: I just clicked on that link, and you my good sir, are a dead man!
            Yeah, total dibs on your entire home entertainment center.

          • El Martyachi

            Sure

          • No. I get the soul and the flatscreen.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            You are such a bitch!
            😉

  • V10_Rob

    So we’re back to “Well, I did think it was a bit odd, but I didn’t want to say anything and be thought a racist”.

  • T.C.

    Did these guys reciprocate and apologize for the muder of 10 Canadian’s by their fellow muslims during the past 14 months?

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Those aren’t UK tourists.

  • Islam Is a Crock

    Sounds like Ahmed the Clock Boy all over again. Do something overtly suspicious, then act all innocent so that the infidels will grovel at your feet and not dare question the next lot who take the same action and succeed in their mass murder porn…

    • luna

      Angry beard man doesn’t look so innocent.

      • lolwut?

        He looks and sounds totally like one of Anjem Choudary’s boys.

        If this story gets enough traction, maybe someone will spot him
        in some old videos and photos with him.

        I’m positive this was a set up.

        • Kathy Prendergast

          It does particularly stink of a set up and “soft jihad” lawfare; the inclusion of the sweet innocent 14-year-old boy who is going blind is the cherry on the sundae. How many people actually stand and photograph the entire layout of a shopping centre with their cell phones? If it were a regular occurrence it wouldn’t have been noticed. Flying Imams, Clock Boy, and now this.

      • Mayor Robertson is smiling at him like he wants to give him a blow job. Bearded guy is scowling back at him like “why are you smiling at me, you faggot?”. And Mayor Robertson keeps smiling like “because I want to give you a blow job”. And the other two guys are totally tuned out because they’re disgusted by it all.

        • Kathy Prendergast

          Right, unless he’s taking a photo of his friend snarling at the mayor, it’s really not very good form to sit there fiddling with your cell phone while you’re meeting with the freakin’ mayor, for whatever reason. I guess they just consider it their due.

    • kkruger71

      Plus sue and make a ton of cash doing it.

      • luna

        They don’t need to win in court, only tie up resources & have a chilling effect.

    • barryjr

      PM Buttfuck will have them to Parliament Hill for a pot summit.

  • Dana Garcia

    Diverse tourists can look out of place.

    For example, this morning I noticed this photo of a Tunisian in San Francisco, where the local news has lots about the SuperBowl happening in a couple weeks.

    http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/43/24/41/9259091/11/920×920.jpg

    • Kathy Prendergast

      How do you know she’s Tunisian?

      And a bit OT, but I sometimes can’t help wondering why women in full hijab and sunglasses take selfies…who could recognize them? “This is me in SF…yes, it really is me! I swear!”

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Gregor Robertson is a goof.

  • Notice that, in addition to having severe vision problems, the son appears to be a bit cognitively special.

    ““[My son] likes to show his friends, his brother, his sister that ‘look, I saw this car, I saw this.’ Because that’s how he learns,” Sharaz said, noting his friend also takes pictures of everything because of his severe vision issues.”

    He’s 14.

    I realize that anyone can have children with problems, and I’m not trying to score points off the poor kid, but these kinds of things are much more common with Pakistanis in Britain than with anyone else because of all the inbreeding.

    • barryjr

      I think VPD and mayor moonbeam got conned.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        He wanted to get conned.

    • Kathy Prendergast

      Yes, sadly in their community they have their pick of “special” children to use in their cons. According to some stats at least 50 percent of marriages in the British Pakistani community (as in Pakistan itself) are between first cousins, (such marriages are still legal in Britain, although not in Canada or the USA, or at least as far as I know) and considering that THOSE first cousins are likely also the result of first-cousin marriages the genetic similarity in some cases is probably closer to that of half-siblings. The result is a rate of congenital defects in that community that makes the backwoods hillbillies of Deliverance look like a genetically engineered master race. Obviously they never heard the warning in the Neil Simon movie (the title of which escapes me at the moment) of an older brother to his younger brother who has confessed he has a crush on his girl cousin: “Ya can’t marry your cousin! You’ll get babies with nine heads!”

      • I think the rate of cousin-marriage in Britain is actually worse than in Pakistan. If you marry your daughter off to your nephew you can get him into the country.

  • P_F

    So, now the tourists from UK looks like these.

    • occupant 9

      … and they take photos of the most mundane things … for some reason an interest in security and structural issues is at the top of these jolly “UK” “tourists” this day.

      We must … move along for there’s nothing politically correct to see here.

      • Kathy Prendergast

        Right, just like the neighbours in San Bernadino who convinced themselves there was nothing really weird going on next even though it looked like it, because they didn’t want to be accused of being racist or “Islamophobic”. I’m sure the 14 people who died are very grateful for their sensitivity.

    • Kathy Prendergast

      They must leave their women at home, sort of like dogs.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Is it just me, or does the guy in blue look like he’s saying to the mayor, “Don’t let it happen again motherf***er or I’ll waste ya!”

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Somewhat OT, but the reason (so they say) they were in BC was for treatment of the 14-year-old’s genetic condition which is slowly causing him to go both blind and deaf. British Pakistani Muslims have a phenomenally high rate of genetic conditions like this in their children because of the common Pakistani practice of first cousins (or occasionally, even uncles and nieces) marrying. I’ve read that up to 50 percent of all marriages in this community are between close relatives.The numbers of debilitating genetic illnesses and disabilities are so huge that the National Health Service can’t meet the needs of all of them, hence the reason why they are going abroad for treatment.