A woman was arrested after police say she took a bite of fruit in a supermarket then spit bits of the fruit onto other produce in the store.
Lisette Santis, 40, was charges with reckless tampering of a product risking injury or death after the stomach-churning incident in a Walmart in Daytona Beach, Florida amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Police said Santis was seen by the store manager opening a sealed pack of guava, valued at $248, before taking a bite of the fruit. She then spat pieces of the guava back into her hand – but as she did so, pieces of the partially chewed fruit fell into the bin of limes, worth $134.56 in total, according to reports.
She then moved on to a bin of oranges and ‘projectile spat’ the pieces of Guava into the bin, police said. The oranges were reportedly valued at $201.26 in total.
Police apprehended Santis and asked if she had been tested for coronavirus and she said that she had not.
‘(The store manager) advised at this time, they are out of limes and oranges and will have to evaluate the remaining produce area for possible exposure,’ police wrote in their report.
According to investigators, the store claimed $347,40 in total loss.
Santis, who is an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala according to The News-Journal Online, is being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.