A New Jersey man was busted on Tuesday after coughing on a Wegmans employee and telling her he had the coronavirus, authorities said.
The staffer at the Manalapan grocery store worried that George Falcone was standing too close to her and an open display of food Sunday at around 6:30 p.m. — and asked him to take a step back, state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said in a news release.
Instead, the 50-year-old creep allegedly came closer and “purposely” sprayed her with his germs, Grewal said.
“He allegedly laughed and said he was infected with the coronavirus.”
He then told two other employees that they were lucky to have jobs, Grewal said.
Summonses were issued Tuesday charging Falcone with making terroristic threats, obstruction of law and harassment and will require him to appear in court at a later date.
Anyone who tries to pull a similar stunt will also be charged, Grewal warned.
“These are extremely difficult times in which all of us are called upon to be considerate of each other— not to engage in intimidation and spread fear, as alleged in this case,” he said.
“Just as we are cracking down on bias offenses and those who use the pandemic to fuel hatred and prejudice, we vow to respond swiftly and strongly whenever someone commits a criminal offense that uses the coronavirus to generate panic or discord.”
Falcone, of Freehold, didn’t return a request for comment Tuesday night.
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