Following reports of teenagers coughing on produce at a local grocery store for a video, one Virginia police department has launched an investigation. On Thursday, Purcellville PD released a statement to say it had learned the incident took place at an undisclosed store on Wednesday. Employees at the store removed the items immediately, and now officials have asked parents to monitor their children's activities and social media accounts in order to "avoid the increase of any further such incidents."
"We have learned that this appears to be a disturbing trend on social media across the country, and we ask for help from parents to discourage this behavior immediately," Purcellville police wrote in a Facebook post. "Please talk with your children and explain to them why such behavior is wrong, especially given the current situation regarding the spread of Coronavirus."
With concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus at an all-time high, there's understandably a lot of concern over the videos. The incident recalls the brief social media trend in 2019 in which people filmed themselves licking tubs of ice cream, later putting them back on the store shelves. The Purcellville Police Department advised that parents should talk to their children about the trend, explaining to them "why such behavior is wrong."
The teenagers responsible for coughing on the produce have not been identified or apprehended.