ROTHENBURGER – ‘I could write a book’ about working security on Victoria West

Rick Eldridge.

THREE MONTHS AGO, Rick Eldridge was working in a job he loved.

After 35 years as a chef, he’d moved to Kamloops from Bella Coola and gotten certification as a security guard, working on Victoria Street West.

He still spends a lot of time there, but now he’s unemployed and sleeping in his car or at a friend’s house.

In late March, someone took a video of him engaged in an altercation with a man loitering at the storage and shower facility used by street people across from City Hall.

Eldridge had asked him to move along and that’s when the trouble began. The video shows him throwing the man to the ground and kicking him. But it doesn’t show how the confrontation began.


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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – ‘I could write a book’ about working security on Victoria West

  1. So it turns out security is an expensive but ineffective “patch”. Also it seems jail time is an expensive and ineffective program for many.
    Are we ready to try something else?

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