According to the co-owner of Gerrity's Supermarkets, Joe Fasula. the woman - who he calls a "chronic problem in the community" - entered the store in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon and began hacking on all the fruit and veggies. along with a small section of the bakery and meat case.
Fasula said the total damage done in the "twisted prank" is estimated to be well over $35,000, and he expects his insurance rates to rise because of it. He says the case is with the District Attorney's Office. and it's pursuing "numerous charges". They also said that they don't believe the woman has COVID-19, but they will "make every effort to see that she is tested".
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WNEP-TV reports that the woman's mental state is now being evaluated at a hospital. Police said criminal charges will be filed in the incident.
Fasula said the Gerrity's staff "did the best they could to get the woman out of the store as fast as possible".
"I am also absolutely sick to my stomach about the loss of food", Fasula said. Fasula wrote. "While it is always a shame when food is wasted, in these times when so many people are anxious about the security of our food supply, it is even more disturbing". "We had no choice but to throw out all product she came in contact with", Fasula wrote.
"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", he continued.
Luzerne County has 27 confirmed cases of the virus with one death, according to Johns Hopkins data. The police were contacted and the case is now with the District Attorney's Office.
Coronavirus-related mishaps at grocery stores has cropped up as the country deals with the coronavirus pandemic. People have been caught coughing on produce - and other people - and a Missouri man was recently arrested after he filmed himself licking merchandise at Walmart.