Restaurateur Mike Cormier, who owns the Ardmore Tea Room in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was working alone Thursday morning when he spotted a squad car outside. But the coops were not meant to be filled with pancakes and French toast slices; They went there to investigate an alleged crime.

Prior to that day, a resident of the Canadian city asked police to report that the Tea Room was serving patrons indoors in violation of provincial COVID-19 guidelines. In a statement, Halifax Regional Police spokesman John McLeod confirmed the call was about “individuals not following public health directives”. Global news.

Someone mistook this mannequin for a real person and called police at Mike Cormier’s restaurant Ardmore Tea Room.
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On April 28, Nova Scotia, which has seen a recent rise in cases of coronovirus, entered lockdown for the third time, allowing all non-essential retail establishments, including the Tea Room, to limit or discontinue their services to takeout and delivery . People who defy the new guidelines could be fined $ 2,000, according to a province press release.

But Cormier was not one of them, as police were soon sent to investigate. The suspected patron was none other than an effigy wearing a blue mask and a white T-shirt. Back when indoor dining was still permissible, Cormier placed life-size sculptures on several tables to maintain a six-foot distance between customers.

“[The mannequins] Just here … for fun, right? Because it’s been a long year, “Cormier told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Police went on their way without entering the tea room, but the incident prompted Cormier to issue a petition on social media.

“Please do not call the police on us. We are only open for takeout and delivery. No one is eating, he is the mannequin to help with the social mess,” he wrote, with the hashtag #halifaxfoodnoise, #takeout, # breakfast, and #vamana

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While cormier told Global news He is sympathetic to the impulse to protect public health, the good people who do so must ensure that they have all the facts first.

“It could have been a staff member sitting at the table,” he said. “Before you call the police and waste your resources, be sure what you are doing.”

However, every cloud has a silver layer. Thanks to the popularity of the Instagram post, which has received more than 1,000 likes, Cormier’s effigies have become famous.

“I will probably auction them off and give all the proceeds to the Food Bank if that happens,” he told CBC.