South Carolina woman caught on video coughing and licking hands before touching food at grocery store

South Carolina woman caught on video coughing and licking hands before touching food at grocery store
Shenir Gibson Holliday (Sumter police department)

SUMTER, SOUTH CAROLINA: A woman has been arrested after she was caught on camera coughing and licking her hands before touching food items and surfaces at a grocery store in Sumter. Shenir Gibson Holliday has been charged with aggravated breach of peace and food tampering and ordered to undergo coronavirus testing.

The 38-year-old was arrested on Saturday, May 2, after local police got a call from an IGA grocery store about a suspicious person. As per the official statement, the woman was seen in CCTV footage licking her hands and coughing before touching food items and freezer doors of the store located at the Pinewood Road. Holliday was also captured doing the same in the dry food section of the store, as per the police report.

Reports further claimed that this was not the first time the woman had carried out such unacceptable activities amid the coronavirus outbreak. Less than a week ago, she was reported by the manager of the Sub Station II sandwich shop on Peach Orchard Road for licking coins inside the business and putting them back in the shop's tip jar. At that time as well, she was captured on surveillance video inside the shop.

The revolting video of the incident dated April 27 was released by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office on Friday, May 1. It showed a woman wearing a partially unzipped jumpsuit revealing her bra. The woman was later identified as Holliday. In the video, she was seen licking her palms, rifling through a display of bagged potato chips, and putting coins in her mouth before keeping them back in the tip jar.

The shop’s manager also alleged that Holliday licked her hands before giving money to the store’s clerk and touched the shop’s debit card machine. According to the deputies, she left the store before the workers were done making her food and told them “it's in God's hands now.” At that time also, police were called to the store but they could not find her.

Holliday is now being held at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center on a $100,000 bond after being charged with aggravated breach of peace and food tampering. She has also been put on trespass notice for all Sub Station II sandwich shops. 

Authorities have also issued a violation citation for the state’s home or work order to her and ordered her to be tested for Covid-19. It was said that if Holliday is found guilty of inappropriate acts and convicted of food tampering, a felony, she could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years. And if convicted of aggravated breach of peace, she faces up to 10 years in jail.

This comes almost a month after an Arkansas man was caught on camera licking a couple’s doorbell amid coronavirus lockdown. Video footage shared on Facebook by Matthew Wehmeier showed two unidentified men behaving strangely outside his house in Batesville, Arkansas, while he and his wife, Crystal Wehmeier, stayed inside. Soon after, one of them stepped forward and licked the doorbell without knowing that he was being captured on camera.

Sharing the clip online, Matthew wrote: “After reviewing last night’s events on our doorbell, my wife came across this nonsense. Our doorbell got licked! If that wasn’t bad enough anytime, we’re going through a pandemic right now; people are trying to be mindful about not spreading a virus. It’s gross nonsense like this that makes me lose faith in humanity.”

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