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'Impatient' Shopper Assaults And Spits On Grocery Store Clerk, Police Investigate

'Impatient' Shopper Assaults And Spits On Grocery Store Clerk, Police Investigate

According to the local police department, the shopper "spit on an adult female clerk, striking her in the left arm and chest."

Spitting on anyone on any regular day is a deplorable act. During a public health crisis such as the current outbreak, however, spitting on someone is even more dangerous and an irresponsible act. In Guelph, a city in Ontario, Canada, an "impatient" customer decided to spit on a female grocery store clerk. The incident has since been labeled an assault, CTV News reports. The Police in Guelph said the man has now been arrested.



 

 

The incident took place earlier last week, on Wednesday night, in the checkout lane of a grocery store near Eramosa Road and Stevenson Street North at 6:45 pm. The parent company of the grocery store, Loblaw Companies Limited, confirmed that the incident happened at a Zehrs outlet. The customer was waiting in line when they reportedly got impatient. The only way they had to vent, apparently, was by spitting in the clerk's direction. According to the local police department, the shopper "spit on an adult female clerk, striking her in the left arm and chest." The customer then walked out of the store.

On Friday, a few nights following the incident, the Guelph Police Services posted a photo of two individuals they would like to speak with regarding the case to their official page on Twitter. Police have now said they were able to identify the customer responsible. A 21-year-old man from St. Thomas has been charged with assault and is set to appear in court on July 17. They also confirmed that the other woman in the photo that was circulated was not involved in the incident.

 



 

 

Constable Kyle Grant, the official media officer for the Guelph Police Department, stated, "When I hear something like this it breaks my heart. People who are a part of these essential services are quite frankly risking their lives making sure that people have what they need. In this case, having the groceries and the food that they need. And to have something like this happen to them is quite troubling, quite difficult to understand."



 

Loblaw Companies Limited Executive Chairman Galen Weston issued an official letter regarding the incident. He claimed he was "troubled by growing reports of people ignoring social distancing requests while shopping. Some people are coming in groups or bringing family, treating shopping as a social outing. Others are making uncomfortable jokes about being COVID-19 positive while leaning around protective screens." "On the surface, these kinds of actions seem harmless," the businessman stated. "But they are quite concerning for other customers and colleagues."



 

 

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, numerous grocery stores across the country have put tight guidelines in place so as to protect their dedicated employees. Carmine Caccioppoli, the co-owner of the Waterloo grocery store Vincezo's, for instance, has added many rules for staff to keep the shop sanitary and ensure the safety of both employees and customers. Vincezo's and other stores have issued instructions regarding social distancing. Police officials have urged shoppers to follow these rules in order to protect public health during this difficult time. 



 

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