WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man was charged with making a terrorist threat in the second degree in Missouri for licking deodorant items in a Walmart store.
- He took a video of the act, then posted it on social media, leading to the discovery by the authorities.
- He will be tried in a hearing scheduled on Wednesday.
A man was charged by the Warren County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, with making a terrorist threat in the second degree for licking deodorant items in a Missouri Walmart store.
Twenty-six-year-old Cody Lee Pfister filmed himself while doing the act and posted it on social media, leading to complaints and eventual charges made against him.
The video shows Pfister saying to the camera, “who’s scared of the coronavirus? Don’t touch your mouth” then he proceeded to lick the deodorants on the shelf.
On Monday, March 23, the City of Warrenton Police Department issued a statement on Facebook. It read, “a local resident who took a video of themselves licking the merchandise after making a ‘Corona Virus’ statement at Walmart and posting it to social media has been taken into custody.”
The police department continued that people around the world reported that video saying, it “received numerous reports about the video from locals, nearby residents, as well as people from the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.”
Adding that they take these complaints “very seriously and would like to thank all of those who reported the video so the issue could be addressed.”
Making a terrorist threat in the second degree is a class E felony in Missouri, with up to four years of a prison sentence and a fine. It is when someone ignores the risk of “causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion of a building”.
According to reports from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Pfister was previously charged with and pleaded guilty for burglary and stealing of a firearm.
Post-Dispatch also sent a message to Pfister’s lawyer, but didn’t receive any response as of Tuesday.
A hearing for the case is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.