He says the unnamed lady walked into their store, Gerrity's Supermarket in Hanover Township, and began coughing all over baked goods, meat, and other produce.
Fasula says the woman is a "chronic problem" in the neighbourhood, and he has little doubt that she was pulling a "very twisted prank" when she coughed on various products on Wednesday afternoon. He added that after police escorted the customer out, the store had no choice but to throw out the products she came in contact with, because it's not worth taking chances with the health and well-being of customers.
Fasula said the store was working closely with Hanover's local health inspector to identify every area the suspect was in.
Staff quickly removed her from the store and called Hanover Township Police, who found her a few hours later and took her into custody, Police Chief Albert Walker told CNN.
Fasula said that he estimates the total product loss to be around $35,000.
"Today was a very challenging day", Joe Fasula, of Gerrity's Supermarket, wrote.
Hanover Township police said the woman "intentionally contaminated" the food, and they plan to file criminal charges against her once her mental health treatment concludes. We are checking to see if our insurance company will cover it, but even if they do, our rates will surely go up next year.
Federal law enforcement recently announced it's considering terrorism charges for anyone purposely spreading COVID-19.it's unclear if this disgusting woman has coronavirus, though. At one point, we had over 15 employees involved in the disposal and clean up.￼￼.
"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", Fasula said. "I would also like to thank the people who will going in early tomorrow to get the departments restocked", he finished.
Authorities said they will pursue aggressive action against the woman, according to the post.
According to a Justice Department memo, the virus meets the criteria for a "biological agent", and threatening to spread it or "use Covid-19 as a weapon against Americans" could constitute a terrorist threat. "One thing is for sure, we will have the cleanest display and freshest produce anywhere in northeast PA", Fasula's post said.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
We'll never understand why, in a time of crisis, a human would do this to fellow humans.