VIDEO: Man Spits And Coughs On Produce, Shoppers Jump In To Take Him Down
Kingston, MA – A group of grocery store customers tackled a 65-year-old man to the ground and held him down after he was spotted spitting and coughing on the store’s produce on Saturday (video below).
The incident occurred at the Stop and Shop store just before 12 p.m., WTBS reported.
According to store patron Kyle Mann, who recorded a portion of the incident, a scuffle broke out after the man started coughing and spitting in the produce section.
“Some guy at Stop and Shop in Kingston was coughing and spitting on the produce,” Mann captioned the video. “He didn’t last long. He fought an employee and good customers took him down until the cops arrived.”
The suspect, identified only as a 65-year-old man from Duxbury, “became confrontational with staff and witnesses,” leading to the “physical confrontation,” the Kingston Police Department (KPD) said in a press release.
The video showed the suspect as he kicked his legs and yelled at the men who had him pinned to the floor.
“Don’t try to get up!” one of the customers warned him.
Police responded to the scene and took the suspect to the hospital to be evaluated.
“At this time, we have no reason to believe the individual has COVID-19,” the KPD said.
He was trespassed from the grocery store and may face charges including destruction of property, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Stop and Shop issued a statement regarding the “unfortunate incident,” and said that the well-being of its shoppers and associates is a “top priority,” WBTS reported.
"The customer’s actions were not in accordance with CDC guidelines, which we have been consistently encouraging all shoppers and associates to follow to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” the grocery chain said.
The produce the suspect potentially contaminated has been discarded, and store employees have sanitized and deep-cleaned the areas where the incident occurred.
The Board of Health also responded to the business to inspect the cleaned area, and confirmed that it is safe for the public, WBTS reported.
You can watch cell phone footage of the customers’ altercation with the assaultive suspect in the video below: