Pennsylvania grocery store throws out $35,000 worth of food after woman intentionally coughs on it

by Bryan Brammer · Mar 26th, 2020 12:36 pm

Gerrity's Supermarket / Facebook

Last Updated Mar 26th, 2020 at 1:10 pm

A small family-owned grocery store chain in northeastern Pennsylvania had to throw out $35,000 worth of food after a woman entered the store Wednesday and intentionally coughed on it.

Co-owner of Gerrity's Supermarket, Joe Fasula, said a woman walked into the chain's Hanover Township store and "proceeded to purposely cough on our fresh produce, and a small section of our bakery, meat case, and grocery," according to the store's Facebook page.

According to local police, the woman is considered a chronic problem in the community.

The Hanover Township Police Department confirmed that "the suspect has been identified and is being evaluated at a local hospital for a mental health evaluation" and "criminal charges will be filed" against her.

Fasula reported that the estimated value of the food was "well over $35,000."

"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," Fasula said.


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