A supermarket in the US has been forced to throw away more than $35,000 worth of food after a customer allegedly coughed on items on purpose.
The woman was at Gerrity’s supermarket in the Hanover township of Pennsylvania when she allegedly began intentionally coughing on food in the store’s produce, bakery and meat section.
The areas the woman went through had to be extensively cleaned and about $35,000 worth of food disposed of.
She was chased out of the store and police were called.
“While there is little doubt this woman was doing it as a￼ very twisted prank, we will not take any chances with the health and well-being of our customers,” a Gerrity’s spoesperson said.
According to local police, the woman is a known “pest” in the community, and while they don’t believe she is infected, the store did the right thing not taking an risks.
Police are continuing their investigation and charges are expected to be laid.
Last week, a Queensland Surf Lifesaving Patrol captain was also spat on when he tried to enforce social distancing restrictions at a Mooloolaba beach.
Paullie, a shop assistant at a store in Melbourne’s south east, was also allegedly coughed on intentionally by a group of teens in her store last week.
“They were just laughing at me and coughing,” Paullie told 9News.
“I was really scared.”