As the LCBO stays open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it's implementing new safety measures to help keep both its employees and customers safe. However, it seems that not everyone is agreeing with these new changes. Stratford Police are now looking for one man who reportedly coughed on an LCBO employee because "he appeared to be annoyed about the safety measures being taken surrounding COVID-19 at the store."
According to police, a man in his late 60s or early 70s entered the LCBO on March 24.
As he was waiting in line to make a purchase, he reportedly appeared to become "annoyed" about the new COVID-19 measures.
The police state that the man leaned over the counter and coughed on an employee twice before exiting the store.
"On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. an unknown male attended the LCBO where, while he was making his purchase, he appeared to be annoyed about the safety measures being taken surrounding COVID-19 at the store. After completing his purchase the male leaned over the counter and coughed twice, directing both coughs towards the employee," read a statement from police.
"The male then left the store and while walking out he allegedly stated to people waiting in line that it was not worth the wait just to cough on the cashier," it added.
#SPS media release #1. Please take a look at the attached report and photos of a male we are hoping to identify aft… https://t.co/uCro2xZoWo— Stratford Police Service (@Stratford Police Service) 1586288088
Police released two photos of their suspect on Twitter on Tuesday. The man is being described as a white male around 65 to 75 years old with short grey hair.
Investigators also noted that at the time of the incident, the accused was wearing glasses, a brown work jacket, blue jeans, and white sneakers.
Stratford police are asking anyone with any additional information to call police at 519-271-4141 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Incidents of assault involving essential workers have occurred multiple times during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Guelph Police issued a similar call for the public's help last week in an attempt to identify two residents accused of assaulting a grocery store employee.
A store clerk was spit on and assaulted by a customer after they appeared to grow impatient while waiting in the checkout line.
Waterloo police also stated that a man attempted to spit on a Tim Hortons employee when they were denied service at a drive-thru that they entered on foot.