I am not surprised this has happened given the various stories that I have heard from friends about being disrespected or taunted for wearing a mask in public or people who crowd their personal space.

A Man Coughed on a Wegmans Employee. Now He’s Charged With a Felony.

A New Jersey man was charged with making a terroristic threat after he intentionally coughed near a supermarket employee and told her he had the coronavirus, the authorities said on the same day that the Justice Department warned of similar threats to spread the virus.

The man, George Falcone, 50, of Freehold, N.J., was shopping for groceries at a Wegmans store in Manalapan, N.J., on Sunday evening when a worker asked him to move away from her and a food display because he was too close, the state attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal, said on Tuesday.

The authorities said that Mr. Falcone leaned in close to the worker to cough and allegedly laughed, telling her that he was infected with the virus.

Mr. Falcone was charged with making a terroristic threat in the third degree and fourth-degree of obstructing administration of law, Mr. Grewal said. Both charges are considered felonies in New Jersey.

For those of you who are trying to be socially responsible when you need to venture out of your homes…please be careful…and be extra vigilant about your surroundings and those around you.

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