Teenagers have been filming themselves coughing on produce at a Virginia grocery store and then posted the sick gross stunt to social media — a “disturbing trend” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have learned that this appears to be a disturbing trend on social media across the country, and we ask for help from parents to discourage this behavior immediately,” Purcellville police said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
“We are asking for parental assistance in monitoring your teenagers’ activities, as well as their social media posts to avoid the increase of any further such incidents.”
The Police didn’t cite other specific incidents but urged parents to “talk with your children and explain to them why such behavior is wrong.”
However, What we do know is that the latest incident occurred in the Washington exurb of Purcellville, Virginia, some 55 miles from the White House, The Washington Examiner reported.
According to a Purcellville Police Department report, “An incident occurred at a local grocery store involving juveniles reportedly coughing on produce, while filming themselves and posting it on social media.”
The report said that the store, identified on social media as Harris Teeter, immediately removed the items and cleaned up the area. The police said, “The grocery store immediately removed the items in question, and has taken appropriate measures to ensure the health of store patrons.”
On a community Facebook page, one woman who said she witnessed the event wrote, “Punk teenagers are hitting the grocery stores, coughing all over the produce and the grocery items — filming it and posting it to YouTube. It scared the hell out of one elderly woman who was just trying to grocery shop. Why the hell aren’t these people keeping their teens home??? This is not summer vacay!”
The grocery store said they removed the befouled fruits and veggies. The teens remain at large.
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