Imagine being in a foreign country and literally having nowhere to buy anything. That's exactly what happened to Sean Penn when he ran around Winnipeg on Canada Day trying to find a grocery store that wasn't closed. He eventually found a store, but Sean Penn's Canada Day didn't go to plan.
Sean Penn is in Winnipeg directing his new film that's been shooting since May. Luckily for his grocery needs, there was one grocery store chain that refused to close on Canada Day. Food Fare has refused to close for Holidays since this past Good Friday. Although they were fined for refusing to conform to the statutory holiday, they kept their stores open again for Canada Day.
They did get confronted by the Manitoba Labour Board again and were threatened to be charged $1000 per employee, but they just don't understand why other establishments like casinos are allowed to stay open. Sean Penn showing up definitely made up for all the trouble they got into though.
The owner of the store, Ramsey Zeid, had a small conversation with Sean who said that "he was actually shocked how hard it was to find a grocery store that was open."
He then praised Sean Penn for being, "down to earth" and for how "he talked to many customers" and "took some photos." He finished up his compliments by telling Global News that Sean Penn "was a very nice guy."
So much for the Labour Board trying to convince Food Fare to close their doors on statutory holidays. Their special customer most definitely gave them more incentive to stay open!