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Grocer Throws Out $35,000 of Food After Woman Purposely Coughs All Over it

A coronavirus "prank" in Pennsylvania went way too far.

A Pennsylvania supermarket owner admitted that he was forced to throw away $35,000 of food and produce after security footage revealed a woman purposefully coughing ostensibly up and down the grocery store's aisles as part of a twisted coronavirus prank.

Gerrity's is a chain of grocery stores based in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Co-owner Joe Fasula revealed details of what he called "a very challenging day" in a Facebook post published Wednesday evening.

It appears that, on Wednesday afternoon, a woman entered a Gerrity's store in Hanover Township and proceeded to "purposely cough on our fresh produce and a small section of our bakery, meat case, and grocery," writes Fasula.

Fasula describes the woman as someone "the police know to be a chronic problem in the community," before explaining specifically how he handled the situation:

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.

Although we have not yet quantified the total loss, we estimate the value to be well over $35,000. 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. I am also 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.

Read the entire Facebook post below:

Local authorities have reviewed surveillance footage, and, as of right now, the alleged perpetrator has not been arrested.

While the vast majority of citizens have abided by White House guidelines of taking the coronavirus outbreak seriously, there have been occasional outliers who have treated the public health scare as a joke.

A man in Missouri, for instance, posted a video of himself licking items on market shelves. He has since been arrested and will reportedly be tried on charges of terrorism.

It goes without saying, this is not a time for pranks.

READ MORE: 7 Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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