A pretty gross incident reportedly occurred at a store in Ottawa over the weekend. Local police have launched an investigation after a man allegedly spat in the face of a female employee at a gelato shop. He is described as being between 50 and 60 years old.

In a Facebook post about the incident, Stella Luna Gelato Cafe called on the public for help with identifying a man, who they say entered their store on Saturday at 5:45 pm and “physically assaulted a member of our team.”

According to owner Tammy Guliani, per CTV News, the man pushed past people in line at the Bank Street location, before proceeding to move social distancing barricades and then spitting into the face of a female staff member.

The store’s surveillance system captured an image of the man, which was shared by the cafe on social media.

He is described as being between 50 and 60 years old, and he spoke in French. 

The employee in question is now in isolation, and she has started the process of getting a COVID-19 test.

“Our team needs your kindness and smiles more than ever tonight,” Stella Luna Gelato said in a public Facebook post.

Ottawa Police confirmed to CTV News that the incident is now being investigated, and an officer has been assigned to the case.

Local police have previously stated that spitting and/or intentionally coughing on somebody is considered to be assault, and people who do this will be charged accordingly.

The act is being taken particularly seriously during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the disease could be transferred to the victim. 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Canada, there has been an increasing number of people who have been caught spitting and coughing on others.

In April, a 24-year-old woman was arrested by Ottawa police after deliberately coughing and spitting on officers.

Similar situations have occurred in Alberta and New Brunswick, and people have been arrested for projecting bodily fluids of police officers and neighbours.

Things got so bad in Nova Scotia, RCMP officers were forced to issue a statement about the number of “cough threats” that they had received.

On Sunday afternoon, Ottawa had 1,901 confirmed cases of COVID-19; 234 people have died.

*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.

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