A man in Mission, British Columbia found himself jobless after mocking the death of a Sikh senior in a racist Facebook post.
Dillon Mazzei, who described himself as a “hard-working dad,” was a forklift driver at TerraLink Horticulture before mocking the death of 65-year-old Sohan Singh Sidhu on Sunday.
Sidhu, a Sikh elder, was participating at the Canada Day parade in Abbotsford when he fell from the back of a pick-up truck and was run over by a trailer it towed, the Vancouver Sun reported.
Somehow, Mazzei found joy in the news and shared it on Facebook with offensive comments.
“F**k*n Hindu shouldn’t have been in the box driving on city roads anyways, the parade was over and they were leaving the area. To [sic] bad more of them didn’t fallout [sic], f**k*n sh*t skins,” he wrote.
It did not take long before Mazzei’s post caught attention and drew criticism. And while his Facebook profile has since been deleted, word reached TerraLink which fired him immediately.
CEO Stan Loewen, who expressed condolences to Sidhu’s family, said in a statement on Monday:
“TerraLink is strongly opposed to the racist and hateful comments expressed yesterday on Facebook. The individual does not represent our company and did this on his own initiative without our knowledge. We completely disavow his views and his employment with TerraLink was immediately terminated today.
“We are publicly stating that TerraLink’s values are for inclusiveness of all people who make up the fabric of society. Given the nature of the comments, we particularly wish to inform the Indo-Canadian community that we are supportive of them. We stand with the Indo-Canadian community who are our friends and business colleagues. Together we mourn the loss of Sohan Singh Sidhu who tragically died in the accident following the Canada Day parade.
“For more than four decades the ownership of TerraLink, its management and staff have promoted equality and equal rights for all. We urge others to do so to help remove hate and discrimination from all walks of life. We are multiethnic, multicultural and multigenerational. We consciously work towards fairness and goodwill towards all people and will continue to do so.”
Users praised the company for its decision to fire Mazzei.