Winnipeg security guards and police face increasing incidents of spitting

Over the weekend, Winnipeg police were dealing with three separate cases where officers and a security guard were spat on.For the people who work in the field, it’s something many have encountered before.“I lost count. It happens on a regular basis,” said head instructor with Toro Career Development Clifford Sandison.Story continues below

“You’re going to get spit on, verbally abused or assaulted — it’s come to be part of the job.“It’s not if it is going to happen, it’s when is it going to happen.”READ MORE: Dealing with theft, violence and property crime: Meth is a main election issue in ManitobaSandison has been a security guard for about two decades and says he’s faced a number of scary encounters.“I’ve been shot at, stabbed, hit by cars, beaten up by groups of people,” he said.“I was almost stabbed over a package of chicken. At that point I realized maybe this isn’t worth it. It’s not worth getting stabbed over someone’s chicken.”Sandison said being spat on is one of the most frustrating things that’s happened to him on the job.“For me being spit on or someone trying to bite me, I take that personally, because I don’t know what that person has, some disease or infection, and I don’t want that.”WATCH BELOW: Man arrested after spitting on, fighting with Winnipeg bus driver