Authorities charged a man with a terroristic threat after they say he was caught on camera licking Walmart deodorants during the COVID-19 outbreak.
What are the details?
According to Business Insider, authorities arrested 26-year-old Cody Lee Pfister of Missouri after he was allegedly caught “licking the merchandise after making a ‘Corona Virus’ statement at Walmart and posting it to social media.”
In the video, which was widely shared across several social media platforms, Pfister says, “Who’s scared of the coronavirus? Don’t touch your mouth.” He then goes on to lick several deodorants on a shelf.
In a statement, the Warrenton (Missouri) Police Department said, “[A] local resident who took a video of themselves licking the merchandise after making a ‘Corona Virus’ statement at Walmart and posting it to social media has been taken into custody.”
The outlet reported that Pfister was charged with a terroristic threat in the second degree.
Pfister is scheduled for a Wednesday hearing.
That’s a crime, actually. pic.twitter.com/8gZha4t5cu— Ezra Levant 🇨🇳🦠 (@ezralevant) March 22, 2020
Another man is facing similar charges after intentionally coughing on a grocery store clerk at a New Jersey Wegmans.
WNYW-TV reported on Tuesday that authorities charged 50-year-old George Falcone of Freehold, New Jersey, with a terroristic threat after he reportedly told a female Wegmans employee that he was positive for COVID-19 and then intentionally coughing on her.
In a statement, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said, “He coughed on the woman and told her, after doing so, that he had coronavirus.”
Falcone reportedly coughed on the employee after she asked him for more personal space.
Authorities also charged Falcone with harassment and obstruction of justice.
“We will not take any non-compliant behavior,” Murphy added.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Falcone’s actions were unacceptable.
“These are extremely difficult times in which all of us are called upon to be considerate of each other — not to engage in intimidation and spread fear, as alleged in this case,” Grewal said. “We must do everything we can to deter this type of conduct and any similar conduct that harms others during this emergency.”