A supermarket situated in Pennsylvania was enforced to throw away $35000 value of food after a woman purposely coughed over it in a twisted COVID-19 prank.
Gerrity’s supermarket located in County Luzerne explained the woman coughed over the store’s newly produce, as well as a section of their bakery, meat case and other groceries, meaning employees had no option but to fling everything out and clean the shelves.
The prank comes at a time where customers are worried about decreasing store supplies as people stock up on groceries during COVID-19 health crisis.
A supermarket situated in Pennsylvania was forced to throw away $35000 value of food after a woman purposely coughed over it in a twisted COVID-19 prank
The woman came into the store at about 2:20 p.m on Wednesday afternoon before carrying out the pretended prank. Once the store workers observed what the lady was doing, they speedily ushered her out of the supermarket and contacted the police.
The store co-worker he had ‘small doubt’ that the lady was doing it as a ‘very twisted prank’ but concluded to throw out the affected items and disinfected the shelves over concerns for the health of other shoppers.
‘While there is a slight uncertainty that the woman was doing it as a very twisted prank, we will not take any chances with the well-being and health of our customers.' Co-owner Joe Fasula explained.
Mr. Fasula added that the woman is known by police to be a ‘chronic problem’ to the community.
The event has since been forwarded to the District Attorney’s office, who are planning to lay charges against the woman in question.
Police will as well test her for COVID-19, even though Mr Fasula is not convinced that the woman has the disease.