Supermarket throws out food worth N12.8m after a woman intentionally coughed on them

Supermarket throws out food worth N12.8m after a woman intentionally coughed on them

A Pennsylvania supermarket says it threw out $35,000 (N2.8m) worth of food after a woman purposely coughed on items across the store.

Joe Fasula, co-owner of Gerrity’s Supermarket, described how their Hanover Township store had a “very challenging day” after a woman coughed on the fresh produce, as well as some of their bakery section and meat items.

Fasula accused the woman, who is allegedly known by police to be persistent problem in the community, of carrying out a “very twisted prank” amid the coronavirus outbreak. He said the store had no choice but to throw out all the items of food that she came into contact with.

“Although we have not yet quantified the total loss, we estimate the value to be well over $35,000,” Fasula said. “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.” he added.

Fasula said they do not believe the woman was infected with COVID-19, but will make “every effort” to ensure that she is tested.

“The only silver lining to this travesty is that it gave us the unfortunate opportunity to test our protocols and demonstrate how seriously we take your safety,” he added. “At one point, we had over 15 employees involved in the disposal and clean up.”

The Hanover Township Police Department confirmed they are investigating an incident at Gerrity’s Supermarket in which a female customer “intentionally contaminated” produce/meat/merchandise for sale. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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