Something needs to change’: Penticton business owner rattled after violent incident at downtown store

A downtown Penticton business owner is speaking out after a recent violent incident at his shop, highlighting the need for change in the community. Rob Burnett, the owner of Freeride Boardshop located in the heart of downtown Penticton, was shaken when one of his staff members was assaulted by an individual who was clearly under the influence. This is not an isolated incident, as other businesses in the area have also experienced similar acts of aggression. Just last year, there was a brutal assault on the owner of Ogo’s Ice Cream Shop, which is located next door to Freeride.

Burnett expressed his frustration, saying, “Something needs to change.” He believes that more must be done to address the growing problem of violence in the area and provide better support and protection for businesses. The incident has left him worried for the safety of his staff and customers.

As a business owner in Penticton, Burnett’s concerns reflect the larger issue of safety in the downtown area. His hope is that by bringing attention to this incident, it will encourage local authorities and community members to take action and find solutions to the rising violence in the area.

It is essential for individuals, especially young people, to feel safe when visiting and supporting local businesses. The incident at Freeride Boardshop serves as a wake-up call for the community to come together and address this pressing issue. Together, we can create a safer and more welcoming environment for everyone in the Okanagan and Similkameen area.

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