British Columbia

Irate grocery-store customer allegedly coughs on clerk over limit on tissue paper

A Coquitlam woman allegedly threw a fit at a grocery store after she wasn’t allowed to buy more than the retailer’s maximum purchase limit of tissue paper.

Woman, 25, arrested for assault, scheduled to appear in court after police were called to IGA in Coquitlam

The IGA in Coquitlam where a woman allegedly coughed on a worker for not allowing her to buy extra toilet paper on Monday. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

A Coquitlam, B.C., woman allegedly threw a fit at a grocery store after she wasn't allowed to buy more than the retailer's  purchase limit of tissue paper — deliberately coughing on a clerk in anger, according to police.

Coquitlam RCMP officers were called to an IGA in the city on Monday afternoon following an altercation between a grocery clerk and an irate customer.

"This is a great example of why we need to keep perspective, take a breath, and treat essential workers like grocery store clerks with the respect they deserve," said Cpl. Michael McLaughlin in a news release.

He says abuse of any type against essential workers will not be tolerated.

After reviewing video footage, police were able to track the woman down at her Coquitlam home where she was arrested for assault.

The 25-year-old woman has no significant history with police, says McLaughlin, and she has since been released.

She is set to appear in court on July 13, 2020.

Similar charges have been laid against others in jurisdictions across Canada recently.

Last week, police in Mayerthorpe, Alta., arrested a man who was exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and had allegedly coughed in an officer's face on purpose.

With files from the Canadian Press