A woman arrested for licking $1,800 groceries in California fear over Coronavirus


A California woman has been arrested after licking $1,800 worth of groceries and other items at a supermarket within the northern a part of the state, police said Wednesday.

Chris Fiore, spokesman for the South Lake Tahoe local department , near the border with Nevada, told AFP that officers were called to the Safeway store on Tuesday following reports of "a customer licking groceries" at a time of heightened fears over the spread of the highly contagious novel coronavirus.

"When officers arrived on the scene, a Safeway employee informed them that the suspect put numerous pieces of jewellery from the shop on her hands," he said. "The suspect licked the jewellery then began to load her cart with merchandise from the shop ."

Fiore said officers located the suspect, identified as Jennifer Walker, inside the shop with a handcart filled with items, including meat and liquor, which she had no means to get .

Walker, 53, was arrested for felony vandalism and therefore the merchandise had to be destroyed for fear of contamination.

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