Missouri Man Charged with Terrorist Threat for Licking Items at Walmart

Cheryl Sanders
March 26, 2020

A man licked a row of deodorant in a Missouri Walmart when he was referring to a coronavirus, which disturbs the video broadcasts.

The unsanitary suspect - identified only as a "local resident" by Warrenton police - can be seen dragging his tongue over a series of personal hygiene products on a 5-second viral video posted to Twitter.

A New Jersey man was charged with making a terroristic threat and harassment after he was alleged to have purposely coughed on a Wegmans grocery store employee and said he had the coronavirus.

If he is convicted of the charge, it is a class E felony that comes with a four-year prison sentence and a fine. He appeared in court Wednesday and is due back in May.

The footage garnered both local and global complaints, including some from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Ireland, Warrenton police said.

"We take these complaints very seriously and would like to thank all of those who reported the video so the issue could be addressed", the department wrote on Facebook. Copies of the Walmart stunt remain online.

The US Centers for Disease Control has warned that the coronavirus could stay on various surfaces for hours or days, meaning that people could become infected from touching an item that someone infected has touched.

On Tuesday, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen suggested that anyone caught intentionally spreading the novel coronavirus could face charges under federal terrorism laws because it meets the "statutory definition of a 'biological agent, '" Politico reported, citing a government memo.

In the video, Pfister references the coronavirus while licking a row of products in the store. The teen later said she didn't regret her actions and admitted it was done to raise her own profile.

One person who lashed out at the man is British journalist and TV personality Piers Morgan, who shared the clip with his 7.1 million Twitter followers, along with the caption: "Find him, arrest him, imprison him, & deny him any healthcare if he gets the virus".

Police in Warrenton, Virginia, arrested Mr Pfister after he was successfully identified on social media.

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