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Police investigate kids coughing on food at Va. grocery store

Posted at 9:51 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 09:51:32-04

PURCELLVILLE, Va. -- Police in Purcellville, Virginia announced the results of its investigation into reports of "teens coughing on produce at the grocery store."

"After a thorough investigation [into the March 18 incident], the Purcellville Police Department identified the juveniles involved, notified their parents, and subsequently interviewed the subjects," police posted on Facebook. "The two juveniles questioned admitted to their involvement, and it was determined that there was no criminal intent. The investigation concluded the teenagers were getting close to other patrons and coughing into their own sleeves, while filming it on their phones."

Police viewed video footage and determined no customers or produce were spit or coughed on directly.

"We appreciate the store’s swift action in reporting the incident to police and removing any items in question to ensure the health of store patrons and employees," police wrote. "Due to the age of the minors involved, no names or video footage will be released."

Police asked parents to monitor their children's online activity and discourage "fear-inducing behavior."

Purcellville is in Loudoun County, about 130 miles northwest of Richmond.