Police Warn Of Social Media Trend, Teens Cough On Store Produce And Record It

Sandy Malone

Purcellville police warned parents that teenagers were filming video of themselves coughing on store produce.

Purcellville, VA – Purcellville police are looking for a group of teenagers who were see licking produce in a grocery store while they filmed cell phone video of their antics.

“The group of juveniles was seen by another patron, taking video of themselves,” Purcellville Police Chief Dave Dailey said, according to WTOP.

Police haven’t been able to find the video, which they believe was shared via social media app such as Snapchat or TikTok.

The incident occurred in the produce aisle of a grocery store in Purcelleville, WTOP reported.

Sources told Blue Lives Matter that a woman who saw the teens in action posted about it on a community Facebook page.

The woman wrote that she was shopping at the Harris Teeter when she saw several kids, who looked like middle schoolers, coughing very intentionally on items in the produce department.

The matter was brought to the attention of management but the kids were gone by the time police arrived.

The Purcellville Police Department said in a press release on their official Facebook page that the store had removed the affected items and sanitized that area of the store after the incident.

The police department warned parents that coughing on produce was a new social media trend.

“We are asking for parental assistance in monitoring your teenagers’ activities, as well as their social media posts to avoid the increase of any further such incidents,” the Purcellville police wrote. “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. Please talk with your children and explain to them why such behavior is wrong, especially given the current situation regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Purcellville police also reminded parents of the town’s 11:30 p.m. curfew for anyone under the age of 18.

Comments (34)
dlorisc
dlorisc

There’s a reason for corporal punishment.

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depayne04
depayne04

I guess at 65 I don't understand the mass lack of respect in kids today. I know there are good kids out there but they don't make the news. Maybe that's the problem. If the good made headlines instead of the bad maybe more kids would want to be in the news for the right reasons. I agree with the other person who commented..when corporal punishment was the norm, we didn't have kids disrespecting teachers, adults, police and anyone else they feel are beneath them. I hope none of them were sick and the police find out who they are.

Cherokee66
Cherokee66

They need to be held accountable, for their lack of, disrespect and carelessness! Hopefully no one gets sick, from them!

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Middle School...Parents should still be financially responsible for the risk of infected food...and someone should consult with "Dad" about the lack of discipline. Not all, but too many kids today are, "It's all about me getting attention. I'm a spoiled brat. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me." My Parents are gone. I was never abused. But my Dad made a man out of me. These kids need the same.

Back'nTheBlue
Back'nTheBlue

No respect from the majority of kids today because Mom & Dad are too busy trying to be "friends" with their children rather than being Parents. A little more corporal punishment wouldn't hurt either..

LEO0301
LEO0301

You need to start by holding the parents financially responsible for their kids actions. Taking money out of their pockets is the only thing that will get their attention.

K5em
K5em

Scum parents allowing kids to be scum!

Copfamily
Copfamily

Possible assault with a deadly weapon

Raymelson
Raymelson

When I grew up my mom had a cure for bad behavior and it only took one dose problem solved

bryantrent
bryantrent

Damn kids what the hell

bohemianchick
bohemianchick

11:30 curfew for middle schoolers? That's ridiculous. At that age, they should be at home by 9:00!

DRG707
DRG707

I cannot stand the creeps that are being raised today. Some day they’ll be in charge of our country. God help us!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Oh no I wouldn’t it just be a damn shame of every one of them got the goddamn virus or if somebody in the store seen them doing it and beat their asses

Stanracer
Stanracer

Poor parenting, clearly!😝☹👎

NomonK
NomonK

Caning needs to be brought back to america for this type of behavior. Parents should have been busting their ass years ago.

Sheera
Sheera

So instead of getting on her phone Facebook, she should've confronted them like adults should.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Trying to use Facebook to capture a Snapchat instance is like trying to chase a Porsche on a bicycle. Plus its end-to-end encrypted. Unless people have another way of identifying those kids, they will never find them using social media.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

A clear parental failure......

Meow1941
Meow1941

I hope all the stuff they licked was contaminated and they catch something from the dirt, germs, etc. And pay them a good consequence, this is what you get when you act like DOGS

Poppy'sGirl
Poppy'sGirl

Sure bad parenting is one cause, but are there more causes to look at? The fact is, there's more restrictions on parenting today than there was when I was younger. The threat of (corporal punishment, as we called it back in the day) spanking a child, or taking away it's favorite activity is now called abuse. Just like everything in life, if you do too much of it it's bad for you. Too much spanking is abusive, however not spanking a child at all is also abusive. The child learns the wrong message (that they can do whatever they want and there's no consequences). There must be viable punishment. If you are responsible for your actions then you must pay the penalty (good or bad) for those actions. The parents aren't always to blame. So, when looking to put blame on someone (check yourself) and remember, sometimes the person who commits the offense needs to face up and be held accountable themselves, instead of making the parent pay for what took place make the child responsible. If enough children, who want to act the adult, are help responsible as an adult, then given the same punishment as an adult, there would be less crime and a better message would be sent around the country that if you want to hurt someone or inflict harm in any way upon another, that you have to accept the consequences of your actions.


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