An unruly shopper was arrested after spitting at a supermarket employee and gouging her eyes because she was told to leave the store for refusing to obey social distancing rules amid lockdown.
As reported by The Daily Mail, the incident occurred at a Coles in New South Wales, Australia, where the 35-year-old woman lashed out at a 49-year-old female staff member.
Allegedly, the angry shopper spat at the worker, gouged her eyes, and pulled her hair after being told to leave the store due to failure to practice social distancing measures.
The woman wasn’t arrested until later that day when the officers paid her a visit at her home. Following the arrest, the 35-year-old was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, common assault, and property damage.
In a similar unrelated incident across the pond, an unruly man was tackled to the ground and apprehended by other shoppers after he started spitting and coughing on food inside a store.
The incident occurred at Kingston’s Stop & Shop where the 65-year-old Massachusetts man found himself tackled to the floor by several shoppers who caught him in the act of spitting on the food.
According to the reports, the shoppers made a citizen’s arrest as they apprehended the perpetrator and waited for the police to arrive and take him away.
As the witnesses claimed, the “aggressive” man attempted to punch a staff member who confronted him about spitting and coughing on the food.
In response, the employee allegedly punched the 65-year-old in the face. Other shoppers then tackled him to the floor and restrained him.
“I was shopping in the produce when all of a sudden I turned the corner. I saw a worker and the man yelling with other people watching,” 18-year-old Kyle Mann who shared the video he recorded said.
“While that was happening, I heard them talking about him spitting and coughing on the produce, which is how I learned what happened seconds after I arrived and shot the video.”
As the media has reported, the store has thrown away all products that could have gotten infected by the man’s coughing and spitting. In addition, they have disinfected the area to get rid of potential germs.
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