Sick coronavirus prank as woman coughs on food at grocery store

Sick coronavirus prank as woman coughs on food at grocery store

Sick coronavirus prank as woman coughs on food at grocery store

The incident took place on Wednesday at Gerrity's Supermarket in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. "Criminal charges will be filed", the officers noted.

A woman played a "twisted prank" at a Pennsylvania grocery store Wednesday by purposely coughing on about $35,000 worth of food, which had to be thrown out, the supermarket said. "At 2:20 p.m. today, I got a call from our Hanover Township store".

The woman was removed from the store and the police were contacted immediately, with the case being escalated to the District Attorney's Office. They will also test the woman to see if she does in fact have coronavirus.

A woman who coughed on food in a supermarket caused workers anxious about coronavirus contamination to have to throw away goods worth nearly £30K.

Although we have not yet quantified the total loss, we estimate the value to be well over $35,000.

"While it is always a shame when food is wasted, in these times when so many people are anxious about the security of our food supply, it is even more disturbing", he said.

"The suspect has been identified and is being evaluated at a local hospital for a mental health evaluation".

Store owner Joe Fasula then employed the services of the Hanover Township health inspector and came to the decision to trash all the food the woman came in contact with before thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the entire area. It was not clear whether the man had a lawyer, the state's attorney general said.

Officials in New Jersey announced March 24 that a 50-year-old man was being charged with third-degree "terroristic threats" and harassment after he allegedly coughed on a food store employee. "Who's scared of the coronavirus?" he asked in the clip, according to The Daily Beast.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the potentially fatal coronavirus can spread via "respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes" on nearby people or objects.

Coronavirus-related mishaps at grocery stores has cropped up as the country deals with the coronavirus pandemic.

But as customer visits to grocery stores spike and consumers continue to hoard supplies, industry groups fear that the United States food supply will eventually dry up, too.

Similarly, in response to a customer's tweet shortly after the incident Wednesday afternoon, Gerrity's Supermarkets tweeted that the situation "truly saddens us" and that the grocery chain is doing its best to provide a safe environment and necessary items in a time when there is already "panic with supply and hoarding". This required the extra work of 15 store employees.

"Today was a very challenging day", Fasula said.

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