On the Streets a Near Mob, in Sears an Arrest, in the Canada Line... Flags and Sponatenous Outbrusts of National Anthem

The streets were so thick with celebrating people, it verged on being a mob.

But it remained a big party.

On Howe and Granville two taxis got caught in the torrent of happy hockey fans and couldn't move. 

 

An officer leaned inside and told the taxi drivers, "Just sit tight." 

Celebrants streamed into Sears at the corner of Granville and Robson. A group of police surrounded a man in handcuffs who looked like he was in pain.  An officer called into his walkie-talkie and requested a wheelchair.  It appeared the man under arrest had been in a fight, but that's speculative. 

Whatever he'd been rested for, he was in pain. The police treated him with care.

There was an odd scene in Sears as hundreds streamed through in an attempt to find relief from the crushing crowd outside.  The woman standing beside me reported having seen a man take off his shirt, put on one of the red and white Canada shirts on the rack nearby and simply walk away with it. 

Clerks stood on guard, but major looting never happened.  People were respectful enough, although few were buying.

"We are majorly loitering," a man told his girlfriend.  "We'd never do this normally.""It's not normal," she said.

The fact that there were no major incidents yesterday speaks to the training of the police and other security officers on the streets.  They remained calm and helpful.

In the city centre, what could have been a riot remained a celebration.

In the subways, people sang the national anthem and waved the Canadian flag. I saw  cops  high-fiving guys in the subway who reached out to slap hands.

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