This would likely be considered gross at the best of times, and even potentially dangerous right now. Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman in a Toronto ATM incident which allegedly saw her smear her saliva all over the machine in a bank in the city in the early hours of April 30.
With the city currently dealing with a pandemic and trying to flatten the curve of community spread, someone forcibly sharing their bodily fluids is not exactly ideal.
According to a release by Toronto Police, they were called to a bank at 1002 Pape Avenue at around 9:36 a.m.
It is alleged that at around 5:33 a.m., a woman entered the bank and as soon as she stepped foot inside, began to spit, cough, and wipe her saliva all over an ATM.
She then left five minutes later and it wasn't until the incident was found by staff a few hours later that police were called.
The woman in question is wanted for mischief in the name of interfering with property.
Video surveillance was able to catch the woman in the act and still images and a clear description of her was shared with the public by police.
0501 16:55 Mschf Interfere W/ Property Invst, Pape Ave & Cosburn Ave Area, Woman Wntd https://t.co/kwRgZfo9YV— Toronto Police (@Toronto Police)1588366620.0
The alleged culprit was seen with her dark brown hair up in a bun, wearing silver hoop earrings, a brown coat and black shirt, blue jeans, black shoes. She was carrying a blue tote-like bag on her shoulder.
Grossly, this isn't the first time someone has used their bodily fluids to fight back.
But law enforcement officers aren't the only ones being treated this way.
One man in Markham even coughed on his change before handing it over to a cashier at a convenience store.
While Ontario health staff are confident we have reached the community spread peak period and that the curve is flattening, incidents can be seen as direct threats to that progress.
They surely won't help, at least.
As for the alleged perpetrator in this week's incident, Toronto Police are now asking anyone who happened to use the bank machine at the location between 5:38 a.m., and 9 a.m. on April 30 to contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or a family doctor.