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The “Lucky Moose Bill” has passed, shepherding in a golden era for vigilante grocers

(Image: Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose)

David Chen, better known as Chinatown’s badass “vigilante grocer,” has a new reason to celebrate: an amendment to the Criminal Code that extends people’s power to make citizen’s arrests was due to receive Royal Assent in the House of Commons today. Chen, who owns the Lucky Moose Food Market on Dundas Street West, made national headlines after he chased down a shoplifter, tied him up and placed him in a van. The rough-and-tumble street justice earned Chen charges for assault and forcible confinement—but, after a rush of popular support, he was acquitted. The story sparked the push for the newly minted Citizen’s Arrest and Self-Defence Act—popularly known as the “Lucky Moose Bill,” which is probably the best name for a crime bill anywhere. [Toronto Sun]