On March 11, 2020, a man licked a row of deodorant in a Missouri Walmart during a virus pandemic to get attention. He got some. Police in Warrenton arrested and took local resident Cody Pfister into custody because he posted a video of himself licking items in a Walmart in Warren County. Pfister posted a video of himself doing this on social media and asked, “Who’s scared of coronavirus?” He was reportedly charged with a felony, making a terror threat in the second degree.
Pfister “knowingly caused a false belief or fear that a condition involving danger to life existed,” court documents state, adding that he acted “with reckless disregard of the risk causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion” of Walmart. – PoliceOne
In the state of Missouri, population 6.1 million, the first death from the virus was on March 18th, a week after this licking event. The person who died was a travel related case. Keep in mind that Italy, population 60.4 million, went from just one death from the virus on 2/21/2020 to over 7,503 deaths on 3/25/2020, in 34 days with a 10% death rate at this point.
Perhaps this negative attention will have one positive effect: It may remind people that all items you pick up in a store need to be sanitized. (See What Kills Covid-19 Virus)
Wear gloves when shopping if you can. Spray them or your hands with sanitizer frequently in between washing, and don’t touch your face.