Coronavirus: South Carolina woman arrested after coughing, licking hands then touching food at store

Coronavirus: Woman arrested after coughing, licking hands and touching food at grocery store

SUMTER, S.C. — A South Carolina woman was arrested after she coughed and licked her hands before touching several food items at a grocery store on Saturday, authorities said.

Store surveillance shows Shenir Gibson Holliday, 38, coughing and licking her hands before pulling on freezer doors and touching food items throughout the store, according to the Sumter Police Department.

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Holliday was arrested and charged with aggravated breach of peace and food tampering. She was also cited for violating the state’s home or work order, police said.

She was in jail on $100,000 bond, WLTX reported.

On Monday, she was charged after a similar incident at a sandwich shop. In that instance, Holliday ordered a sandwich, drink and chips, then licked her fingers before handing the clerk money for her order, WLTX reported.

She also licked quarters before placing them in the tip jar before running out of the restaurant without her food, WMBF reported.

As she left the store, she reportedly said: “It’s in God’s hands now.”

Shenir Gibson Holliday, 38, Holliday was arrested and charged with aggravated breach of peace and food tampering. She was also cited for violating the state’s home or work order, police said.
Shenir Gibson Holliday, 38, Holliday was arrested and charged with aggravated breach of peace and food tampering. She was also cited for violating the state’s home or work order, police said. (Sumter Police Department/Sumter Police Department)