Coronavirus: Man arrested on terror charges after licking products in supermarket

CBS News

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"Don't touch your mouth" before licking the line of deodorants on the store shelf.

A man has been charged with making a terrorist threat after allegedly recording a video of himself mentioning coronavirus before licking several items in a Missouri Walmart.

26-year-old Cody Pfister uploaded the video of himself on social media, in which he can be heard asking his viewers "who's afraid of the coronavirus?"

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.

In the video, the young man looks at the camera and says: "Who's scared of coronavirus?"

The City of Warrenton, Missouri's, Police Department released a statement Monday that said "a local resident who took a video of themselves licking the merchandise after making a "Corona Virus" statement at Walmart and posting it to social media has been taken into custody".

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For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. He didn't give many details about the event but quickly denounced it. "We ought to be much better than that", he added.

Pfister has officially been charged with making a terrorist threat due to his reckless behaviour.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, according to the Post-Dispatch.

"We take these complaints very seriously and thank everyone who reported the video so that the problem can be resolved", said the police.

The revolting images have garnered local and worldwide complaints, including some from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Ireland, said Warrenton police.

Police said that he had had prior convictions for burglary, being caught with burglary tools, theft of a firearm, and driving while under the influence and was already known to the police department.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says COVID-19, the infectious respiratory disease that is caused by the novel coronavirus, is believed to mainly spread person-to-person and from droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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