Supermarket food cougher with Covid-19 has been jailed

Margaret Ann Cirko (right) has been convicted for as long as two years in prison for coughing on food at a store and claiming to have the coronavirus (Pictures: AP/Hanover Township Police Department)

A lady who agreed to having the coronavirus and coughed on food at a store evidently worth $35,000 has been sentenced to imprisonment. Margaret Ann Cirko, 37, confessed to a crime accusation of making bomb threats in the March 2020 occurrence at Gerrity’s Supermarket in Pennsylvania.

Cirko coughed over fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and bread shop items at the store at Hanover Township close to Wilkes-Barre while shouting, ‘I have the virus, now you are all going to get sick’, police said.

She was ‘making verbal threats that she was sick while intentionally coughing and spitting saliva/bile’ on food and other items, police said at the time. Cirko repeated her behavior in several aisles and was ‘attempting to steal a 12-pack of beer as she was being ordered to leave the store by employees’, cops said.

The supermarket chain’s co-partner and landlord Joe Fasula asserted that he needed to waste $35,000 in items. It was a ‘twisted prank’, Fasula said, however clients during the beginning of the pandemic were fearful over getting the coronavirus.

In court on Tuesday, Cirko apologized for what she did and wished she could take it back her words.

‘I’m sorry for what I did that day,’ she said. ‘I wish I could take it back.’

Luzerne County President Judge Michael Vough answered swiftly: ‘I do too’.

Supermarket food cougher claiming to have Covid sentenced to jail

During Cirko’s convicting hearing, her attorney said that she tested negative for Covid-19 and that she acted the manner in which she did on the grounds that she was intoxicated.

But Vough said Cirko displayed ‘totally outrageous conduct’.

Cirko pleaded guilty to a weapon of mass destruction charge, which is a second-degree lawful offense, in June.

In a trade for her plea to the lawful offense accusation, prosecutors dropped different charges including making terroristic intimidations, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct

Cirko was sentenced to one to two years in jail as well as eight years of probation. She has been told to pay near $30,000 in restitution and go through a psychological well-being assessment.