Disturbing video footage is circulating online this week in which at least a dozen young people — all purported to be teenagers — appear to swarm, chase and physically attack a convenience store worker in downtown Toronto.
The clip in question, first uploaded to Reddit on Feb. 17, 2023, was filmed on Yonge Street near Shuter Street, just across from the Toronto Eaton Centre.
In it, we see a group of young people in winter coats arguing with an apparent Circle K employee outside the convenience store at 211 Yonge St. The employee is wearing a red shirt with no jacket, indicating that he exited the store hastily.
A verbal dispute appears to be taking place as the convenience store worker gestures with his hands. Somebody can be heard yelling "touch me! touch me!"
Suddenly, someone punches the worker in the side of his head. More teens join in, punching and kicking as a young woman filming screams "oh sh*t! Beat his *ss!"
While the worker stumbles at one point, he chases the teens as they flee north on Yonge Street, rounding the corner at Shuter where another scuffle ensues. Multiple teens come up and punch the man in his head as he cowers at the corner of Yonge and Shuter.
Teens can be seen throwing the man's phone, laughing in his face and taunting him before they disperse.