"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", Mr.
The lady may face criminal charges for her thoughtless act.
"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.
He thanked his team for getting the woman out of the store as quickly as possible and contacting the police. In addition, while we do not believe the woman is truly infected, they will make every effort to see that she is tested. Although the woman isn't known to have contracted the coronavirus, Fasula also mentioned in his post that police plan on testing her to be sure, and that the case has escalated to the District Attorney's office.
The department said the woman has been identified and is being evaluated at a local hospital "for a mental health evaluation".
On Tuesday, the Justice Department wrote in a memo to federal prosecutors that people who purposely attempt to spread the coronavirus, whether or not they contracted it, could be charged as terrorists.
Officials across the states are taking threats of spreading coronavirus seriously.
Gerrity's wrote in an Instagram post that a woman, who the police know to be a chronic problem in the community, entered the store and purposely hacked up a lung on the fresh produce, a section of the bakery, and meat case. It was not clear whether the man had a lawyer, the state's attorney general said. The man has been charged with harassment, obstructing law enforcement and making terroristic threats. "Who's scared of the coronavirus?" he asked in the clip, according to The Daily Beast.
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 USA food supply will eventually dry up, too. This required the extra work of 15 store employees. A group that represents brands like PepsiCo and Clorox wrote to the State Department that panic buying coupled with countries cutting off exports to the USA could exacerbate the public health crisis.
He said the "only silver lining to this travesty" is that the incident allowed the store to test its safety protocols.