Man licks deodorant in Walmart for virus prank video, police say

Clay Curtis
March 26, 2020

A man who filmed himself licking items on a supermarket shelf and asking "who's afraid of coronavirus?" has been arrested on terror charges.

According to a statement from Warrenton police, Mr Pfister told the authorities he was "making a "Corona Virus" statement" and had been taken into custody.

In Missouri, making a terrorist threat in the second degree means ignoring the risk of "causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion of a building" and is a class E felony, which means it can be met with a prison sentence of up to four years and a fine.

"We take these complaints very seriously and thank everyone who reported the video so that the problem can be resolved", said the police.

Pfister is due back in court for a hearing on Wednesday.

The outrageous images received both local and worldwide complaints, including some from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Ireland, police say Warrenton. Copies of the Walmart stunt remain online.

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"It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes", the agency says.

At the time of writing, there were 59,502 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. All over the country, businesses have shut down, and citizens have either been mandated or volunteered to self-isolate to prevent the spread of the disease.

Pfister's arrest comes after a handful of teenagers sought attention on social media apps by filming themselves licking toilet seats as part of a trend dubbed the "coronavirus challenge".

Police in Warrenton, Virginia, arrested Mr Pfister after he was successfully identified on social media.

(@WeAreAPW), where it has since amassed over 4.3 million views.

Italy it now the worst-hit nation with more than 6,800 deaths and nearly 70,000 confirmed patients, surpassing China last week where over 3,200 people have died.

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