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COVID-19: California woman arrested for licking US$1,800 worth of groceries

LOS ANGELES: A California woman has been arrested after licking US$1,800 worth of groceries and other items at a supermarket in the northern part of the state, police said Wednesday (Apr 8).

Chris Fiore, spokesman for the South Lake Tahoe police 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 store on her hands,” he said. “The suspect licked the jewellery then began to load her cart with merchandise from the store.”

Grocery licker Safeway

This handout picture shows the Safeway grocery store where a California woman was arrested after licking US$1,800 worth of groceries. (Photo: AFP/South Lake Tahoe police department)

Fiore said officers located the suspect, identified as Jennifer Walker, inside the store with a shopping cart full of items, including meat and liquor, which she had no means to purchase.

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

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