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