One Pennsylvania woman took her twisted prank too far.
Joe Fasula, co-owner of the grocery chain Gerrity’s, alleged on Facebook that a woman purposefully coughed on and destroyed an estimated $35,000 worth of goods in one of his stores.
In his post, Fasula said that the woman visited a location in Hanover Township, NJ on Wednesday and proceeded to cough on everything from fresh produce to items in the bakery section. She even compromised the meat case and other common grocery items.
He assured customers and the public that authorities do not believe the woman, who hasn’t been identified, was infected with the novel coronavirus, but they are doing everything they can to get her tested.
“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,” he wrote.
With food and product shortages a byproduct of the outbreak, Fasula said he is “absolutely sick to my stomach about the loss of food.”
“While it is always a shame when food is wasted, in these times when so many people are worried about the security of our food supply, it is even more disturbing,” he added.
He also noted that police know the woman is a “chronic problem” in the community and that the District Attorney would be “aggressively pursuing numerous charges.”
Fasula said he found a silver lining in that the store was able to “test our protocols and demonstrate how seriously we take your safety.”
He said that over 15 employees helped with the disinfecting and clean up and commended them for getting the woman out of the store as “fast as possible.”
Unfortunately, he also believes this incident will likely force their rates to go up next year.