Woman Charged With Terrorist Threat After Coughing On $35,000 Worth Of Groceries


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Dec 11, 2018
A woman has been charged with several felony and misdemeanor counts, including one for a terrorist threat, after potentially contaminating more than $35,000 worth of produce and other items by coughing on food in a “twisted prank” in northeastern Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, Gerrity’s Supermarket posted on Facebook about a woman who is a “chronic problem in the community” and how she allegedly coughed all over its “fresh produce, and a small section of our bakery, meat case and grocery.”

“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. We had no choice but to throw out all product she came in contact with. Working closely with the Hanover Township health inspector, we identified every area that she was in, we disposed of the product and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected everything,” the store’s co-owner, Joe Fasula, wrote in the post.

While it’s unclear if the woman has COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus responsible for killing more than 20,000 people worldwide, Fasula said that the district attorney’s office “will make every effort to see that she is tested.”
As for Fasula, he told HuffPost that he’s not looking for “justice” but that he hopes to deter people from doing this “anywhere, to any grocery store.” Since yesterday, Fasula said that his team has been “amazing” in the aftermath.

“Everybody was beside themselves and appalled. At first stunned at what was going on, but they all jumped in. They did everything they could to isolate the area and keep customers away from it,” he said.

Fasula added that employees went into work at 4 a.m. on Thursday morning to restock the shelves that were affected and that the general consensus has been that “they just can’t believe something like that happened.”

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