There is no doubt that the pandemic has introduced us to a number of unusual crimes. A 25-year-old woman from Coquitlam, B.C. is the latest to get charged by the cops for deliberately coughing on someone. This Coquitlam arrest took place on Monday, April 13 after the woman reportedly coughed on the clerk for refusing to let her stockpile tissues. 

The Coquitlam RCMP laid out all the details in an official press release, aptly named, "Local Mounties remind you that tissues and toilet paper are not worth an arrest." 

According to their statement, the RCMP were called to a grocery store in Coquitlam at about 1:45 p.m.

The name of the grocery store has not been released but the statement reads that the employee was in the 1400 block of Parkway Boulevard, Coquitlam. 

After getting to the store, the police were told by the employee that a 25-year-old local woman was livid after being refused extra facial tissue.

Note that the store has a policy about the maximum amount of products each customer is allowed to purchase at one time.  

Allegedly, this policy didn't fly with the young woman, who then coughed deliberately on the grocery store worker. 

After interviewing witnesses in the store and reviewing the video provided by the staff, the police went to the woman's home in Coquitlam and arrested her. 

The woman does not have any significant history with the police. She has since been released with an appearance notice and is scheduled for a court hearing on July 13, 2020. 

"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 Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP in the news release. 

He also reminded the public that abuse against essential workers will not be tolerated, whether they're police officers, hospital workers, or grocery clerks. 

This B.C. woman joins a rather long list of people who've been arrested for coughing deliberately on others. It turns out that pandemic is now leading people to use their coughs more aggressively than they've ever done so before. 

So far, people across the country have gotten arrested for coughing on bus drivers, police officers, and even senior citizens. 

Safe to say, the police are going to have to be on the lookout for an entirely new type of crime.

Much like deliberate coughing, stockpiling has also been on the rise. Stores have had to introduce maximum-per-item limits so that customers don't clean everything out

Though it looks like customers will resort to some unusual ways of protesting the item limits.

The cover photo is used for illustrative purposes only. 

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