A supermarket says he was forced to destroy tens of thousands of pounds of food after a woman coughed.
The unhygienic incident took place on Wednesday at the Gerrity supermarket in Hanover, New Jersey Township.
In what the co-owner of the chain Joe Saula described as a “very convoluted joke”, the woman entered the shop and coughed on a selection of fresh products.
Saula said: “The manager informed me that a woman, whom the police know is a chronic problem in the community, entered the shop and purposely coughed on our fresh produce, and a small part of our oven, custody. for meat and groceries.
“Although there is no doubt that this woman was doing it as a very convoluted joke, we will not take risks for the health and well-being of our customers.
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“We had no choice but to throw away all the products it came into contact with.
“Working closely with the Hanover Township health inspector, we identified all the areas where he was, we eliminated the product and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected everything.”
In addition to being an antisocial act at a time when fears of the spread of coronavirus are at very high levels in the United States, it has cost the store a lot.
“Although we have not yet quantified the total loss, we estimate the value to be well over $ 35,000 (£ 30,000),” Saula continued.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a dry and persistent cough
- the fever
If these symptoms occur, you need to self-isolate yourself immediately for seven days.
It is not necessary to call NHS 111 unless the symptoms become more severe.
Some patients have reported fatigue, headache, shortness of breath and aches and pains. Sneezing is not a symptom of the coronavirus.
“We are checking whether our insurance company will cover it, but even if they do, our rates will certainly go up next year.
“I’m also absolutely stomach-ache from food loss. While it’s always a shame when food is wasted, in these times when so many people are concerned about the safety of our food supply, it’s even more disturbing.”
Mr. Saula was informed by the district attorney’s office that he would initiate charges against the woman.
He added: “Also, even if we don’t believe the woman is truly infected, they will make every effort to see that she is being tested.
“The only positive side of this parody is that it gave us the unfortunate opportunity to test our protocols and demonstrate how seriously we take your security.
“At one point, we involved over 15 employees in disposal and cleaning.”