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    Woman coughs on $35K of goods at Pennsylvania grocery store in very twisted prank

    https://nypost.com/2020/03/25/woman-...twisted-prank/

    A Pennsylvania woman ruined an estimated $35,000 worth of goods by intentionally coughing all over them while the coronavirus plagues nations worldwide, a grocery store alleged on Facebook.

    The woman visited a Hanover Township location of the small grocery chain Gerrity?s Supermarket before 2:20 p.m. Wednesday and coughed on fresh produce, a small section of the bakery, meat case and grocery items, the store?s co-owner Joe Fasula wrote.

    Authorities do not believe the woman, whose name is still unknown, is infected with COVID-19, but will ?make every effort? to get her tested, Fasula wrote. The woman is also said to be a ?chronic problem? in the community.

    ?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 the product she came in contact with,? Fasula wrote.

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    A Gerrity's Supermarket employee sprays and disinfects a produce shelf after it was cleared out after a woman coughed on it.Facebook
    Gerrity?s Supermarket called cops immediately, and more than 15 employees worked with the Hanover Township health inspector to thoroughly clean and disinfect the store.

    ?The case has been escalated to the District Attorney?s Office. They have assured me that they will be aggressively pursuing numerous charges,? Fasula said.

    The Luzerne County District Attorney?s Office and Hanover Township police could not be reached by The Post.

    ?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,? Fasula said.

    Luzerne County has 27 confirmed cases of the virus with one death, according to Johns Hopkins data. There have been 1,284 confirmed cases in the entire state.

    A New Jersey man who was busted Tuesday after allegedly coughing on a Wegmans employee was charged making terroristic threats, obstruction of law and harassment, according to the state?s Attorney General.

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    Authorities in Pennsylvania have identified the suspect accused of coughing on an estimated $35,000 worth of grocery store products in what they say was a "twisted prank" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Margaret Cirko, 35, was arrested and charged with terrorist threats Thursday, one day after she allegedly entered Gerrity's Supermarket in Hanover Township, made verbal threats that she was sick, and intentionally coughed and spat on fresh produce and other items, according to the Hanover Township Police Department.

    Cirko, known for past problems in the community, continued the behavior in several aisles, police said, adding that she tried to steal a 12 pack of beer before being ordered to leave the store.
    She was eventually arrested and charged with two felony counts of terrorist threats, one felony count of threats to use a "biological agent" and one felony count of criminal mischief. She also faces misdemeanor counts of criminal attempt to commit retail theft and disorderly conduct, police said.

    Cirko was arraigned Thursday with her bail set at $50,000. She was being held at Luzerne County Prison and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 8, police said.

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