A US man has been charged with making a terrorism threat after allegedly filming himself licking items in a supermarket saying ‘Who’s afraid of coronavirus?’
Cody Pfister, 26, was arrested after a video of him mocking the disease, which has killed over 100,000 people worldwide, sparked outrage around the globe.
Footage from a Walmart in Warrenton, Missiouri, shows the suspect taking off a face mask and running his tongue along items on the shelf while looking at the camera.
An on-screen caption reads: ‘I’m a nasty moths f***er’. Authorities in Warrenton said they received complaints from people as far away as the Netherlands, Ireland and UK, helping them track the culprit down. A police statement said: ‘We take these complaints very seriously and would like to thank all of those who reported the video so the issue could be addressed’.
Court documents say Pfister ‘knowingly caused a false belief or fear that a condition involving danger to life existed’ and accuse him of acting with ‘reckless disregard of the risk causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion’, according to local media.
After the video was shared on social media, Piers Morgan called for the suspect to be put behind bars and deprived of healthcare should he end up contracting coronavirus himself.