Published: Thu, March 26, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Police Arrest Man After Licking Products at Walmart

Police Arrest Man After Licking Products at Walmart

A Missouri man was charged with making a terrorist threat after footage spread of him licking a number of items inside a Walmart store, in an attempt to mock the panic surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Cody Lee Pfister, 26, shared a video of him licking deodorants and said to the camera, "Who's scared of coronavirus".

The unhealthy suspect - identified only as a "local resident" by Warrenton police - can be seen swiping his tongue over a row of personal care products on a 5-second viral video clip posted on Twitter.

"We are taking these complaints seriously and would like to thank everyone who reported the video so that the problem could be handled", police say said in a statement Monday while announcing the man's arrest. "Don't touch your mouth".

The documents say the alleged incident happened March 11. Charges will be pending through the Warren County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Police say the video gained global attention, and the department has received reports about the video from locals, nearby residents and people from the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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Pfister's tongue appeared to touch several products during the quick video, which included the caption: "I'm a nasty moths f-ker!" A court hearing for Pfister was scheduled for Wednesday.

"Who's afraid of the coronavirus?" the man said on the pictures.

The World Health Organisation has said the USA could become the new coronavirus epicentre following a "very large acceleration" in cases amounting to around 40 per cent of global infections in 24 hours on Tuesday. Another video that was spreading on social media this month showed an unidentified man licking a metal railing multiple times.

There have been more than 44,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 500 deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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