Pennsylvania woman arrested for coughing on $35,000 worth of food at local grocery store
A Pennsylvania woman has been arrested for allegedly coughing on food at a grocery store about $35,000 worth in all amid the coronavirus pandemic.
35-year-old Margaret Cirko of Hanover is charged with threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction, making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, according to Hanover Township Police Chief Albert Walker.
It happened in the small grocery chain Gerrity’s Supermarket before 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. She allegedly coughed on fresh produce, bakery, meat case and grocery items. Before that Cirko allegedly have laughed before screaming, “I have the virus, now you are all going to get sick.”
“Our incredible team did the best they could to get the woman out of the store as fast as possible. The police were contacted immediately and the case has been escalated to the District Attorney’s Office. They have assured me that they will be aggressively pursuing numerous charges. In addition, while we do not believe the woman is truly infected, they will make every effort to see that she is tested,” co-owner of Gerrity’s Supermarket, Joe Fasula wrote in the store’s Facebook.
She drove away in her car, 2008 Ford, but the Supermarket’s employee was able to obtain her license plate.
“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,” Gerrity’s Supermarket stated in a Facebook post.
A regard of social media revealed Cirko appearing to have multiple Facebook pages, including one in which her bio describes that she “works at IM A F***ING HUSTLER BABY !!”