Olympic figure skater Patrick Chan kicked out of the Liquor Barn on Cambie


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I was going to keep this story to my personal Twitter account but after it got retweeted by more than a hundred passionate figure skating fans I figured maybe it deserved a wider audience. It’s a funny one regarding Canadian hero; figure skater Patrick Chan.

I was in the Liquor Barn on Cambie Street on Saturday night picking up a beverage when a young couple appeared in front of me. Smooching with a girl in front of the craft beer cooler that I was trying to get into was a guy that looked an awful lot like the familiar smiling face we’ve come to know during the Olympics. Their lips unlocked and they made their way to the front of the store and I was free to grab my Four Winds Nectarous sour and make my way towards the cash register as well.

“Are you Patrick Chan?” I asked as we both approached the front.

“Yes I am!” he declared, smiling as we know him to smile.

“Okay thanks. I won’t bug you any more, I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t imagining Patrick Chan hanging out in the Liquor Barn.”

His lady friend put their bottle of wine down on the counter and the woman working asked if she had ID. The lady friend provided it. The clerk then asked Patrick if he had any, to which he said no, sorry, he didn’t.

So the lady told him he was going to have to leave the store. LEAVE THE STORE! They kicked Patrick Chan out of the Liquor Barn.

I’m standing there laughing, his girlfriend is laughing, looking at me with a look of disbelief as I seem to be the only other person in the store to know that you could simply Google the guy and his age (26) would come up.

We were also probably the only ones there who knew that the guy has his own signature wine, which may very well have been available in the store.