A woman was arrested after allegedly spitting in the face of a customer at an Italian market in Philadelphia. The attack took place a day after the suspect was accused of doing the same thing to a male employee at the same venue.
Alexis Danilo recounted the incident to KYW-TV. She had been shopping at Di Bruno Bros. in Center City on Sunday when she encountered Jacqueline McBride, 27.
"She came too close to me and I just backed away from her, and I guess that upset her," Danilo said. "Bumped into me, and I said something along the lines of 'That's rude, there is a pandemic going on.' And then she just responded, 'I'll fight you right now,' and took off her mask and spit on my face."
Fortunately, Danilo was wearing a face mask and gloves and staff at Di Bruno Bros. were quick to help her wash her face and clean "the spit off." She has since self-quarantined and is showing no signs of illness.
McBride was arrested and charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, and harassment. Police say she spat in the face of a Di Bruno Bros. employee on Saturday during an argument.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney condemned the attack on Thursday afternoon.
"I think people start losing their minds a little bit and it's understandable but that's an assault, it's aggravated assault to knowingly do that to make people ill, intentionally."
Similar incidents have swept across the U.S. Last month, police said a Colorado woman spat in an officer's face after being pulled over, while a Texas man was charged with a terroristic threat when he allegedly spat on a park bench and then declared he had contracted "contagious diseases and was attempting to infect everyone," ValleyCentral.com reported.
A Pennsylvania woman playing "a very twisted prank" ruined over $35,000 worth of grocery store goods when she was accused of intentionally coughing all over them, and a California woman shopping at a local grocery store was arrested after allegedly licking $1,800 worth of items that had to be destroyed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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