Cancer Survivor Left In Tears After Bingo Hall Refuses Entry Due To Hole In Her Neck
A man is furious after his mum was turned away from her local bingo hall for not being able to cover up a hole in her neck.
Taking to Facebook on Sunday (August 30), BJ Gilbert posted heartbreaking images of his mum in tears alongside a lengthy description of the incident.
According to Gilbert, who is from Ontario in Canada, his mother's neck hole is a result of battling many types of cancer over the years.
He wrote: "My mom has battled many types of cancers over the last 20 years. She is still here. Hell of a survivor.
"However she, like any soldier, carries many wounds. One being the hole left in her neck.
"So because of that battle she can't talk like us, or breathe like us. She breathes through the hole in her neck."
After weeks spent indoors due to the coronavirus lockdown, 67-year-old Elaine Arbeau was stoked to get to Delta Bingo Pickering after it had reopened.
"With Covid happening she was home bound for 6 months before they opened up a bingo hall," wrote Gilbert.
"Like most people she too was excited to go play and see her friends again."
However, things took a turn when she was told by the management to leave if she didn't cover up the hole on her neck.
"Well she explained that was impossible to do so. That's how she breathes," he added.
"But nevertheless Lucy the operations manager escorts her out to the parking lot."
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The staff member reportedly said it was okay for her to go back into the bingo hall - but by this point she was too upset and she left.
"My mom was beside herself and floored," said Gilbert.
His mum decided to get in contact with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, which is said to have told her she had every right to enter the premises.
However, when she tried again over the weekend, she was once again turned away.
"You're unable to enter the premises without covering your neck," a staff member tells her in a video uploaded by Gilbert.
Despite her best efforts to say that she'd been given the green light, the man simply turns her down and says: "Unfortunately, this is private property."
Gilbert finished up his post by writing: "My poor mom has no voice so I'm hoping by getting this out there many people will join me to give her one.
"This should never happen to anyone in my mom's position."
Delta Bingo CEO spoke about the incident with CTV News Toronto on Sunday, saying that he would take a 'hard look' at the case while stressing the company's preference for masks to be worn by patrons.
"I'll make a judgement shortly," he said. "But we would prefer that people who are unable to wear masks do not attend. I think it's best for them."
Johnston added that safety was his 'number one priority at this time', explaining: "We're trying to protect everyone but my first concern and first obligation is the health and safety of all our customers and staff."
LADbible has contacted Delta Bingo for comment.
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