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    The worst place to shop. Poor customer service. Ignorant owner, Ignorant managers. Risky place to shop.

    Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a previous customer.

    TheStar.com | Canada | Shoplifting suspect, 20, dead after chase through streets
    TheSpec.com - Local - Shoplifter dies during hot pursuit

    I also heard that they are arresting innocent people and if they are not guilty they try to frame them. Very Scary place. It seems like this store is managed by criminals.

    John Burman
    The Hamilton Spectator
    (Jun 28, 2008)

    A young man is dead, a young mother-to-be is grieving theloss to herself and their child, and homicide detectives are looking for several key witnesses to determine what happened when he died.

    All for a $15 radiator hose.

    That's what Djo Bwabwa Kalamba, 20, was accused of trying to steal from the Canadian Tire store on Upper James Street at Mohawk Road Thursday afternoon.

    He went into medical distress and died after a store security guard and five employees who'd joined the chase subdued him and pinned him to the ground, Staff Sergeant Ian Matthews of the Hamilton police homicide unit said yesterday.

    It will be some time before police and the coroner's office know why Kalamba died, he said.

    They have video footage of the incident from a nearby residential security camera, Matthews said, but they need to speak to a man in a beige minivan who helped and a young couple who were pushing a baby in a stroller on Hayden Street.

    Matthews said the man in the van was not involved in holding Kalamba down. He held one hand.

    Members of Kalamba's family and friends, who gathered to place three white roses at the corner yesterday, appealed for witnesses to "do the right thing" and come forward.

    Results of an autopsy yesterday were inconclusive and toxicology tests have been ordered. Investigators are checking if Kalamba had a pre-existing medical condition.

    Matthews said a 50-year-old security guard confronted Kalamba about the alleged theft at 1:30 p.m. Kalamba punched him twice in the head and ran, leaving his girlfriend behind. He was chased through the parking lot, back yards and back onto Hayden Street.

    Kalamba then went north on Hayden, followed by two employees urging him to come back to the store and settle things.

    Police said when they got to Mohawk Road, they encountered the security guard and several more employees. The security guard, deciding the suspect was going to bolt away, decided to "take him to the ground," Matthews said.

    Kalamba was soon on the ground with the guard and five store employees in their 20s holding him.

    At this point, Matthews said, there was "conversation about the manner he was being restrained" between Kalamba and the men on top of him. The guard, who has not been identified, realized Kalamba was "going into medical distress" and called an ambulance. Kalamba had no vital signs when paramedics arrived, followed by police, and he was pronounced dead at Henderson General Hospital.

    Matthews said the homicide unit is investigating to see whether any criminal acts were committed during the altercation.

    After a police news conference at the scene yesterday, distraught family members and friends, some from North Toronto and some from Hamilton, demanded answers from police and questioned the need for store security and staff to apprehend him the way they did.

    "He was just a nice boy, a very nice guy," said one Hamilton woman who did not give her name. "What did he take, some car part? Was that worth his life?"

    A woman, who identified herself as Kalamba's aunt, said her nephew had come to Hamilton "a few months ago" for a fresh start. Police said earlier Kalamba was known to Metro Toronto police but would not say what for.

    Police said Kalamba came to Toronto with other family members from the Congo. His father lives in Switzerland.

    Matthews said police will discuss the 1999 death of accused shoplifter Patrick Shand, who suffocated after he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground outside a Loblaws in Scarborough by two staff members and a private security guard. A 2004 inquest into his death led to major operating changes in the security industry.

    He also said detectives will meet regional coroner Jack Stanborough next week before submitting medical findings and police findings to the Hamilton Crown attorney's office for a decision on whether charges will be laid.


    July 05, 2008
    The Hamilton Spectator
    (Jul 5, 2008)

    No answers as chased man remembered
    The 20-year-old who died after being pinned by Canadian Tire security and staff June 26 will be buried this morning.

    Funeral services for Djo Bwabwa-Kalamba will be held this morning at Bread of Life-Pain de Vie Church (at First CRC) at 9:30 a.m.

    Friends and family mourned their loss at a packed and very emotional visitation at P. X. Dermody Funeral Home yesterday.

    Bwabwa-Kalamba, who was born in Congo and recently moved to Hamilton from Toronto, will be buried in Mount Hamilton Cemetery.

    Hamilton police say it could be weeks before it is known why Bwabwa-Kalamba died. The coroner's office has to wait for results of toxicology tests ordered following an inconclusive autopsy June 27.

    Bwabwa-Kalamba was accused of trying to steal a car part from the Canadian Tire on Upper James Street at Mohawk Road, and punching a security guard twice to get away when challenged in the store.

    Police said he was apprehended after a foot chase through the neighbourhood but went into medical distress and died after a store security guard and five employees who'd joined the chase subdued him and pinned him to the ground.

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    Re: Canadian Tire 777 Upper James, Hamilton, - worst place to shop - scary place

    Do not like the store much, looked a paint once, forced to buy them since I checked it. And bough a auger from the store, do not like them, can not return it.

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    Re: Canadian Tire 777 Upper James, Hamilton, - worst place to shop - scary place

    Best store ever boi oi oi oi oi oi!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    forced to buy it? doubtful

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    Re: Canadian Tire 777 Upper James, Hamilton, - worst place to shop - scary place

    a drug addict steals, has the law laid down of him, dies of heat stroke and its all canadian tires fault. you're a fucking retard

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    you also "heard they are arresting innocent people". From a credible source, no doubt? One: CT employees can not arrest anyone. They may detain them until authorities arrive. Ct thrives on loss prevention, so get your head out of your ass and use your brain to actually think about what you say, you gutless fuck. The store isn't managed by criminals, customers are just ignorant fat and lazy.

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    Re: Canadian Tire 777 Upper James, Hamilton, - worst place to shop - scary place

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    The worst place to shop. Poor customer service. Ignorant owner, Ignorant managers. Risky place to shop.

    Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a previous customer.

    TheStar.com | Canada | Shoplifting suspect, 20, dead after chase through streets
    TheSpec.com - Local - Shoplifter dies during hot pursuit

    I also heard that they are arresting innocent people and if they are not guilty they try to frame them. Very Scary place. It seems like this store is managed by criminals.
    I also dealt with this store in the past and the customer service is the worst. I also heard about badly treated customers and that they arrest innocent people.
    Do we know for sure that the store did not frame the customer who died? The media is silent about it. Was there a court date? Personally, I do not trust this store at all.

    Just because the poster, below, calls others "gutless fuck" it does not mean that he/she is not a manager at this location or just a close relative. The person's tone sounds familiar to the one used in this store. This is only my opinion based on my experience. If you have doubts,,,, Keep shopping at this location until you do not burn yourself. .

    Is it possible that at this location Lazy ignorant staff attracts "ignorant fat and lazy customers" as the "gutless fuck" poster referred to the CT customers?

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    Fat and lazy like your mother faggot!!!!!!!!!!! Why are you on this site if your not willing to compromise with other peoples opinions...fuckn dork

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    Attitudes like that is why Princess Auto, Home Hardware and really every other place get my business instead of CT

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    Smile Re: Canadian Tire 777 Upper James, Hamilton, - worst place to shop - scary place

    what are you talking about? the upper james location is and has been good
    i have no complaints with them

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