Man films himself coughing on shoppers in supermarket

A man has deliberately coughed and sneezed on shoppers at a Christchurch supermarket and then posted a video of it to Facebook.

The man wanders the aisles of the Fresh Choice supermarket in Barrington, coughing as he gets close to other shoppers and then smiling.

In one case, he apologises to a shopper he coughed at.

The man filmed the video in selfie-mode and sometimes swings the camera around to film the reaction from other shoppers.

The video originally appeared on the man's Facebook page but had since been taken down, 1 News reported.

"I'm sorry for this prank. It never should've happened, the alcohol had really taken effect and I have no sensor when I get this messy," the man wrote.

"There is nothing else that I can say but apologise to everybody, and assure you all it will not happen again."

Despite wearing a shirt with Graham Hill Roofing branding, the man had never worked for the company, according to 1 News.

Fresh Choice Barrington said they had reported the video to police.

"We'll cooperate with their enquiries in any way needed. The person in the video has since apologised and indicated it was a drunken prank."

The store had been "thoroughly cleaned" since the video was made, it said.

"We would strongly discourage any customers [from doing] anything like this in any supermarket."

The coronavirus can spread through coughing and sneezing. Shoppers are expected to keep at least 2m distance from each other during the lockdown, and anyone who is unwell must stay at home.

Comments

The new terrorism.

Are there any laws around deliberately using a biological substance as a weapon or threats to use a biological substance to infect others? If not then there should be. If there are then he (and others doing the same) should be charged under those laws to make an example out of these idiots.

He was lucky that one of the shoppers didn't crack him, however looks to me that he was 'selective' with his 'victims'. What a gutless wonder.
I can't believe the amount of ferral people out there, and it's NEVER their fault.
Blame the drink, blame the wife/hubby, blame the kids, blame the stress etc.
Put a camera in the hands of an idiot and they think they're filming an episode of 'Jack Ass'. Meanwhile, they're stressing people out and creating health alert problems.
In the midst of a public health crisis coupled with our steadily disintegrating economy, why aren't we dealing more harshly with this type? Anyone deliberately spitting, coughing abusing or getting violent in supermarkets, I would have thought 30 days in the cooler a viable punishment. Sorry just doesn't cut it.......

He should be arrested and charged for endangering the public. Alcohol is no excuse. Imagine what an example he is to his kids, if he is lucky enough to have them.

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