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Woman arrested after ‘purposely’ coughing on food in grocery store

Store forced to throw away $35K in food
Posted at 9:40 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 09:40:44-04

The woman who forced a grocery store to throw away more than $35,000 worth of food after she allegedly coughed on it is now facing criminal charges.

According to WNEP, police filed charges of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, retail theft, and terroristic threats against Margaret Cirko, 35, of Hanover Township.

The disturbing incident happened on Wednesday afternoon at Gerrity’s Supermarket in Hanover Township.

In a Facebook post the store's co-owner said, a woman, who the police know to be a problem in the community, came in to the grocery store and purposely coughed on fresh produce, meat, baked items and other food items after claim she had the virus.

During the incident, employees got the woman out of the store as fast as they could and called police immediately.

In addition to the charges, police are also working to make sure the woman is tested for coronavirus, though WNEP reports authorities don't believe she has it.

Even though the store managers believed the woman was doing it as a "very twisted prank," they took necessary precautions and got rid of all the food she came in contact with.

The company estimated the value of loss to be well over $35,000. Thankfully, the grocery store was able to get fully restocked the next day.