Two men were arrested after licking their hands and wiping them on fresh produce to spread their saliva.
The incident occurred at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Lancashire, the UK, where two individuals were caught on CCTV licking their hands before touching fresh produce, meat, and the handles of the refrigerators.
After the footage was reviewed, the store allegedly threw away all of the contaminated products. As for the culprits, they got arrested.
As Lancashire Police confirmed, the supermarket was disinfected and the investigation is ongoing.
“That anyone could think this sort of behavior is appropriate or amusing even in normal times is beyond me, but at this time of crisis when many people have been faced with empty shelves in some shops is flabbergasting. It is utterly despicable,” Inspector James Martin expressed.
In another unrelated case of its kind, a woman was arrested and charged with felony vandalism after allegedly licking a variety of groceries inside a store.
The incident occurred at a South Lake Tahoe Safeway where 53-year-old Jennifer Walker from California licked $1,800 worth of supplies before she got apprehended.
According to the reports, a store clerk has reported Walker walking into the Safeway before picking up several pieces of jewelry and licking them.
After placing the contaminated items in her shopping cart, she continued to stroll through the aisles and reportedly ran her tongue over an array of products before placing them in her shopping cart.
When the police arrived at the scene, Walker was found with a cart full of merchandise, all of which is believed to have been licked by the 53-year-old.
According to the reports, the total price of the items turned out to be $1,800 whereas the woman wasn’t able to pay for them.
Due to the products already being contaminated with Walker’s saliva, the store was allegedly forced to throw them away following the incident.
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