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If you’re ever on Family Feud and the category is “Things People Like to Lick,” I wouldn’t recommend going with “deodorant.”
Nonetheless, a man in Missouri’s tastebuds appear to have felt the need — the need for Speed Stick.
Therefore, (aerospace engineer?) Cody Lee Pfister went through his local Walmart tonguing the anti-perspirants.
The 26-year-old (PhD candidate?) videoed himself lapping armpit items along the shelf.
What’s more, the (soon-to-be Jeopardy champion?) posted proof of his amorous ways to social media.
Watch the (Stephen Hawking-trailing?) maverick do his thing (and beware the vulgar language):
That’s a crime, actually. pic.twitter.com/8gZha4t5cu
— Ezra Levant 🇨🇳🦠 (@ezralevant) March 22, 2020
Unfortunately, it so happens that the (Isaac Asimov-influenced?) taste-tester broke the law.
The City of Warrenton Police Department posted a statement to Facebook:
A local resident who took a video of themselves licking the merchandise after making a “Corona Virus” statement at Walmart and posting it to social media has been taken into custody. Charges will be pending through the Warren County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
This particular video, which won’t be shared here, has gained some international attention and we have received numerous reports about the video from locals, nearby residents, as well as people from the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. We take these complaints very seriously and would like to thank all of those who reported the video so the issue could be addressed.
A local resident who took a video of themselves licking the merchandise after making a "Corona Virus" statement at…
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cody was charged with a terrorist threat in the second degree.
And as it turns out, he’s had quite the lead-up to one day inventing teleportation:
Pfister has admitted to committing crimes in Montgomery County. In 2013, Pfister pleaded guilty in circuit court to burglary and stealing a firearm. In 2016, Pfister pleaded guilty in Montgomery municipal court to a charge of disorderly conduct. Two years later Pfister pleaded guilty in circuit court to driving while intoxicated, and was given probation. Pfister violated probation and was given jail time, according to court records.
Back to french-kissing filthy plastic at Walmart, defense attorney Patrick J. Coyne did his best Johnny Cochran, noting a recent societal shift:
“Public conduct that was immature on March 10 looks completely differently through the lens of today. Everything has changed at warp speed, but that should not work retroactively and convert a tasteless and impulsive act into a criminal terrorist threat.”
Missouri man arrested for licking items at Walmart to mock coronavirus fears
Cody Lee Pfister, 26, posted a video on social media of himself licking deodorants at a Warrenton Walmart. He's been charged with terrorist threats.
— TIPS: The Infection Prevention Strategy (@PreventionTips) March 25, 2020
One social media user posted the slobbery slip-up with a hashtag that’s new to me: #Covidiots.
When it comes to our future with COVID19….we are DOOMED!
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) March 22, 2020
Cody’s not the only one getting in trouble for spreading spit in stores.
On Sunday, authorities charged 50-year-old George Falcone, of Freehold New Jersey, with a terrorist threat for allegedly telling a female Wegmans supermarket employee he had COVID-19 and intentionally coughing on her.
Here’s more from NJ.com:
Falcone was told by the employee he was standing too close to her and to an open display of prepared foods, according to the Office of the Attorney General. He then allegedly “stepped forward to within 3 feet of her, leaned toward her, and purposely coughed.”
Falcone also allegedly laughed and said was infected with the coronavirus, authorities said, adding, “Falcone subsequently told two other employees they are lucky to have jobs.”
The act elicited comments from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy:
“There are knuckleheads out there. We see them and we are enforcing behavior.”
“We are up and down the state and we will not take any non-compliant behavior, never mind egregious behavior such as this.”
For George, the pressure to clean up his act may be off for a while; as pointed out by NBC News, he might not have to visit another supermarket any time soon:
The third-degree terrorism charge carries a sentence of three to five years in state prison, and the harassment charge a sentence of up to six months. Falcone was also charged with obstructing administration of law in the fourth degree, which carries a sentence of up to 18 months.
Back to Cody, Business Insider indicates he may have to postpone patenting his design for the flying car:
In Missouri, making a terrorist threat in the second degree means ignoring the risk of “causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion of a building” and is a class E felony, which means it can be met with a prison sentence of up to four years and a fine.
In a world of COVID-19, covidiocy isn’t such a good idea.
Especially if you covideo it.
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