Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Apology Issued to Decorated War Veteran Kicked out of Winnipeg Shopping Mall

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Apology Issued to Decorated War Veteran Kicked out of Winnipeg Shopping Mall

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Apology issued to war vet kicked out of mall

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WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg shopping mall has issued an apology to a decorated Manitoba war veteran and aboriginal elder who was told to get out last weekend.

Joseph Meconse, 74, said he and a friend sat down to tea in Portage Place's food court on Saturday when a security guard approached him and told him he had half an hour before he would have to leave.

Meconse said he then went to get a plate of food and as he was eating, the guard returned and told him he had to leave immediately.

The incident prompted dozens of supporters to stage a rally in support of Meconse at the mall on Wednesday night.

On Thursday, general manager David Stone said he wanted to extend "our most sincere apologies" to a man "who has proudly served our country. …

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