Panhandler says mall security guard threw bucket of water on him

Michael Conor McCarthy
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Brandon Bernard, the young man profiled by The Guardian on Friday, says he was sitting outside a door to the Confederation Court Mall when the door swung open and mall security dumped water on top of him.

 

Charlottetown police are investigating an incident

An 18-year-old panhandler says a run-in with security at the Confederation Court Mall in Charlottetown on Thursday included guards throwing a bucket of a water on him. 

Brandon Bernard, the young man profiled by The Guardian on Friday, says he was sitting outside a door to the mall when the door swung open and mall security dumped water on top of him.

Charlottetown police confirmed they are investigating an incident at the mall, which was reported a little after 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Charlottetown Police Sgt. Dave Pound says there is an investigation underway. He said police have two persons of interest.

Bernard says mall security had asked him to vacate the doorway about 15 minutes earlier.

Following the water incident, he said he could hear laughter coming from inside the mall doors. 

In a Facebook post dated to Thursday morning, Bernard’s father, Johnny Thompson, says he was waiting at the mall with Bernard to speak to staff about the incident.

“Might be just water to you, but it’s a it’s a assault on my boy,” he posted.

Thompson did not want to do an interview. 

Representatives at Dyne Holdings, owners of Confederation Court Mall, could not be reached for comment.

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Organizations: Confederation Court Mall, Dyne Holdings

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Whaaaaaaaat
    March 22, 2016 - 06:10

    Quit Steven Avery'n the situation. The guards are alright.

  • disgusted
    March 21, 2016 - 11:38

    first thing you guys need to read is the title, it says "Panhandler says", is this enough to win a case? Just because someone says something should it automatically make it true. How many people do you know tell the truth all the time. People are quick to stick up for this guy but what about the guards? Who's sticking up for them? These guys put up with abuse and harassment on a daily basis, trying to help keep the mall safe and secure. As soon as someone says something bad, automatically they are at fault. Open your eyes people, what if nothing at all happened or it wasn't even them? Are you all going to apologize for giving these poor guards a hard time?

  • Fed up
    March 21, 2016 - 10:32

    What is wrong with you people taking sides with these idiotic so-called security guards!! Let them AND YOU spend a month in that young man's shoes! We were driving by Zion Church yesterday as it was just over. This man just rushed OUT of the Church...he started pushing the young pan handler, yelling at him, kicked the basket with his bit of change in it...the young man practically crying, saying "I'm not hurting nobody. I'm. Not hurting you" but this "Christian" kept pushing, kicking, yelling at him! He didn't hit him or I would have gotten out of the car and interfered but I didn't. Neither did the crowd gathering around! I can't get it out of my mind. We know this "Christian"...a lady said he sings in the choir! There is no need to treat them this way. I know they're annoying and some use the money for drugs...but some are very HUNGRY!! I gave this young man sandwiches one Sunday....he practically swallowed them without chewing. He's HUNGRY!! So are many of the others. DO NOT JUDGE until YOU go through what they are!!

  • Margaret
    March 21, 2016 - 08:10

    Interesting that people are thinking that 'Dad' might have just found out about his son panhandling but they already assume the security guards are guilty. Very interesting indeed. Any charges been laid? Do we even know if this happened? With all the press about the panhandlers lately, I bet this is just for 5 minutes of fame. Shame on all of you for being judge and jury for the security guards. Let the police investigate and hold your comments until the real story comes out.

  • Islanders Don't Surprise Me Anymore
    March 21, 2016 - 04:48

    I don't know what actually happened in this incident, and neither does anyone else who wasn't there (including all the folks here pontificating about this fellow from On High)....but that never, ever stops the self-righteous pronouncements of the peanut gallery here in the comment section, huh? I don't know this guy - and nobody else here has thus far claimed they do either - but an awful lot of you seem to have jumped to some very definite conclusions about the basic moral character and truthfulness of this complete stranger based on nothing more than the fact he at the moment panhandles in the street. Islanders never seem to hesitate to pass judgment on things they didn't witness and on people they know little or nothing about. I have never lived anywhere else that sneering at people you think are "beneath" you was such a popular pastime.

  • The concerned
    March 20, 2016 - 17:51

    I smell some bull here. I don't believe this panhandlers story for a second.

  • Wow
    March 20, 2016 - 11:27

    Holy slanderous accusations! Wow!

  • Kent Street the new 'red light district'
    March 20, 2016 - 11:17

    I challenge the credibility and perception of reality of this trouble making, young boy over those security men any day of the week.This guy should be a writer for TV as he obviously has some wild ideas. It sickens me. I find it disturbing that the public jumps to rash and wild conclusions about an idea based on the one sided claim of this one boy. Did this even happen? I've seen those men dealing with some of the most troubling individuals and it's always the same thing. They try to get the trouble out of the mall and act calm while taking horrific verbal abuse while some character dances around them and acts like a wild animal hooting and hollering. It always seems to be the same thing.They stand there and shake their heads waiting for the police, while enduring abuse from the public. Trouble surrounds that mall, I think that security is doing great so far.

    • Nobody
      March 20, 2016 - 22:28

      So, you "find it disturbing that the public jumps to rash and wild conclusions about an idea based on the one sided claim of this one boy"? And what, then, is the basis for your assumption that this fellow is a "trouble making" young man? He was always perfectly civil and polite when I have encountered him. What was so different when you met him? Or have you even met him yourself before you declared him a "trouble-maker"? And what is your basis for deciding that other people's conclusions, based on the content of this story as reported, are "rash and wild"? Is it just that a conclusion is "rash and wild" when it's not yours? Island arrogance at its best.

    • I see I see
      March 22, 2016 - 06:06

      Bottom line is none of us were there. Quit sticking up for allegations on a one sided article that you have no facts or proof for. Anyone can spew out anything from their mouths at anytime. Doesn't make it true. Under law, anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty.

  • mary
    March 20, 2016 - 08:21

    The water truck that cleans the streets should clean the sidewalks as well! If I had a business downtown Id be pretty upset having these guys out front everyday "bumming" to support their bad habits!

  • Brenda
    March 20, 2016 - 07:34

    I used to work at Confederation Mall. There were always "panhandlers" around Queen St. or even at the entrance to the mall. They were always respectful and never a problem. People panhandle for many reasons and should not be judged. Shame on the Mall security guys. They should be take a leave of absence with no pay.

    • Here's a fact
      March 20, 2016 - 21:17

      Of course they would act nice to you. THEY WANT YOUR MONEY!

  • Julie
    March 20, 2016 - 05:41

    Well said, my thoughts exactly. Regardless of why the lad was outside the doors to begin with is irrelevant to the situation. Either he's allowed there...leave him alone. Or, he's not allowed there...give him some papers to have him barred...if this has been done, call the cops for trespassing. Those would be the appropriate actions to take for a security guard....professionally. Had he been a known shoplifter of that particular mall....that wouldn't even have been done, he'd have been greeted by a police cruiser to be charged for trespassing,or asked to leave the premises. I mean come on ppl...last time I'd been at this mall the security were all grown Men, this is their idea of a laugh? Let's bully an 18 year old kid. And the father was right to stick up for him. He's not condoning the panhandling, nothing like that was said. This was an assault, absolutely unprofessional and he's teaching his Son that (First and foremost, regardless of what happens....Dad's always in YOUR corner, you should always feel that you can go to your parents no matter what the situations may be or how deep you might get yourself in. Dad may just have found out about the panhandling at the same time and can help his boy) you do not show this kind of disrespect to your fellow man. It's not okay to be treated like that.....and to stand up for himself. Regardless of ones "job" (or lack there of), financial state....or whatever, we are all the same. One of us is not any better than another. Honestly, I'm sure is this boy is trying to get strangers to give him money...I would suspect that he'd be very courteous, respectful young fella towards others....if he treated ppl half as badly as this security guard treated him, he'd be standing outside for a long time waiting to make a dollar. Whoever was inside the mall entrance "laughing" with him at this incident is just as ignorant and pathetic as the security guard and his actions.........Disgusted that this behaviour has come almost second nature to so many, in today's day and age!

  • sandra
    March 19, 2016 - 23:02

    I have read the recent comments and this article . i tend to agree with Don who said plain and simple this is assault. why didn't the security guard(s) just call the Police???? no need for bullying that is not security work nor is soaking someone on a cold day. As for all the negative comments , this person is going through a rough ,low, or rock bottom time in their life and maybe a wee bit of kindness being offered is fine. no one has to offer money.. it is a free choice. ones own decision. If one is not comfortable giving money then why not offer food,clothes or needed items for daily existance and good health. then no worries about money being spent on any addiction to alcohol or drugs ! hows that for treating the situation properly. Or simply walk away and do nothing . Carry on and have yourself a great day. Leave these humans alone if you choose not to help that is fine but you do not need to hurt anyone who has done nothing to harm you.

    • Julie
      March 20, 2016 - 05:38

      Well said, my thoughts exactly. Regardless of why the lad was outside the doors to begin with is irrelevant to the situation. Either he's allowed there...leave him alone. Or, he's not allowed there...give him some papers to have him barred...if this has been done, call the cops for trespassing. Those would be the appropriate actions to take for a security guard....professionally. Had he been a known shoplifter of that particular mall....that wouldn't even have been done, he'd have been greeted by a police cruiser to be charged for trespassing,or asked to leave the premises. I mean come on ppl...last time I'd been at this mall the security were all grown Men, this is their idea of a laugh? Let's bully an 18 year old kid. And the father was right to stick up for him. He's not condoning the panhandling, nothing like that was said. This was an assault, absolutely unprofessional and he's teaching his Son that (First and foremost, regardless of what happens....Dad's always in YOUR corner, you should always feel that you can go to your parents no matter what the situations may be or how deep you might get yourself in. Dad may just have found out about the panhandling at the same time and can help his boy) you do not show this kind of disrespect to your fellow man. It's not okay to be treated like that.....and to stand up for himself. Regardless of ones "job" (or lack there of), financial state....or whatever, we are all the same. One of us is not any better than another. Honestly, I'm sure is this boy is trying to get strangers to give him money...I would suspect that he'd be very courteous, respectful young fella towards others....if he treated ppl half as badly as this security guard treated him, he'd be standing outside for a long time waiting to make a dollar. Whoever was inside the mall entrance "laughing" with him at this incident is just as ignorant and pathetic as the security guard and his actions.........Disgusted that this behaviour has come almost second nature to so many, in today's day and age!

  • Joe Doe
    March 19, 2016 - 22:56

    THIS KID NEEDS A KICK IN THE BUTT,GET BACK TO SCHOOL AND GET A TRADE,18 YRS OLD,A LONG LIFE AHEAD OF YOU KID.

  • Jimmy Buffet
    March 19, 2016 - 22:29

    Well done I say . Is this the new way for people to get ahead , its okay to bum but don't give him the bums rush "or else ". And of course if Douglas hears the case he wont even get free lodging . House arrest with no house ???...set him up with an apartment .

  • Bill Eadie
    March 19, 2016 - 21:02

    Putting the panhandler's situation aside, this truly very unprofessional behaviour by the security guards if it happened as it is being told. Does that mean if someone else is asked to leave the premises, it is okay for them to pour water on that individual? IMO very, very poor judgement and inexcusable actions by the security guards.

    • Shameful
      March 20, 2016 - 11:23

      Conspiracy theorist. Were you there?

  • Islander
    March 19, 2016 - 18:28

    If this version is true the security guard should be fired. What would make a security guard stoop this low, again if it is true. More so, if laughter was part of this apparent joke, certainly makes it more degrading.

  • dug
    March 19, 2016 - 16:56

    Get a job and stop wasting the cops time ,they've got more important things to do than waste their time with the likes of you.

  • opinion
    March 19, 2016 - 16:54

    Ok, so first off. If this article is factual, those security guards needs some form of discipline. The paper should follow up with this story, and see what is the mall's response to this story/situation. Does the mall hire trained security or what? Do they not instruct their guards how to deal with different situations/people, in a respectful and tactful manner.? And if they have no control of a situation, call the police. ! Seriously? Secondly, a majority of these beggars have some form of addiction or mental illness. It is their choice to be out there, and until they seek treatment or help, they will just continue to live life on the streets. How sad.

    • How Smart
      March 20, 2016 - 19:46

      Sounds made up to me.

  • What's Wrong With
    March 19, 2016 - 16:23

    What's wrong with you people , here we have a able body young man improving himself by learning the trade of BEGGER @ the ripe old age of 18 . Really something for parents to be proud of . O , what is this world coming to .

  • david
    March 19, 2016 - 15:12

    So what does he expect? He was told move off the property and refused. Would he prefer they tasered him? Unbelievable that ANY father would now be defending his 18 year old son for panhandling rather then giving him a good kick and telling him to get a job or go to school to improve himself. The investigation should include one into the father as well and make sure he has no younger siblings.

  • Joe Blow
    March 19, 2016 - 14:29

    Good enough for him!! Go get a job....or an education and stop relying on others to help you through life. There is no reason why this kid can't get a job and smarten up. Nothing holding him back at all. Kudos to the great security guard for doing his job and getting rid of this bum. Bucket of water is the right medicine for him.

  • Calling it as I see it
    March 19, 2016 - 13:21

    That pan handler has a big imagination. Those guys are pretty cool for rent a cops. Always been nice to me.

  • Joe Blow
    March 19, 2016 - 13:21

    Maybe this story is false? i have yet to see a shred of proof that this incident even happened? We should wait to see all of the facts before we make assumptions of security being so unprofessional.

  • don
    March 19, 2016 - 13:09

    that is assault plain and simple and if I was the boss I would fire them on the spot. panhandler or not. to me I will not shop at that mall for the disrespecting security............

  • Joe Doe
    March 19, 2016 - 12:47

    YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LOITER BUT WE HAVE LOUSY LAWS THAT AREN'T INFORCED,SO THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS,YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE LAW IN YOUR OWN HANDS.

  • White Walker
    March 19, 2016 - 12:01

    Maybe he can panhandle of front of Johnnys barbershop. Or maybe apprentice the young fella and get him skills to help get him off the street.

  • intobed
    March 19, 2016 - 11:59

    Maybe the kid should get a job as a security guard. See how he likes the disrespect and ridicule the guards take as they try to do their job.

    • don
      March 19, 2016 - 13:12

      I worked as a security guard for many years. and respect is earned but these guys to me do not deserve the job. I never had trouble as I treated the people as they would treat me.......

    • How Smart
      March 20, 2016 - 19:45

      You obviously never worked security or any form of bouncer work. As a bouncer we get this type nonsense (and much much worse) all the time.

  • spud
    March 19, 2016 - 11:38

    Maybe my boy should find a job instead of standing there like a fool looking for sympathy

  • J
    March 19, 2016 - 11:14

    Wow good job there rent a cops. These guys or girls should lose there job effective immediately. What is society coming to. Let's torment someone when there at their lowest of lows.

  • Me Again
    March 19, 2016 - 10:16

    Time to clean house at that mall. Fire the whole lot. Kid should get a lawyer. Between the assault and the other stuff he went through he has a good case.

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    March 19, 2016 - 08:39

    18 years old and panhandling for money . They need to be ashamed and so should the father for sticking up for their lifestyle . Get a job or take a course do something , anything , to try better your life rather then be a Beggar on the street . Suppose they live at home too . Did they finish school or just drop out to live the life of luxury as a Beggar .

    • ace
      March 20, 2016 - 18:48

      This is sad no body noes why hes pan handleing his family might have kicked him out with no place to go an everyone thinks is easy to get a job well like to tell everyone its dam hard to get a job in this world he might have a disablilty you dont no that like how can people judge people when they dont no the story like god some people make me sick...

  • don't matter
    March 19, 2016 - 07:59

    Confed mall should have lots of water to throw around cause that "mall" has been washed up for years anyway. Waste of space and waste of skin security obviously