A woman was caught-on-camera in a now-viral video purposefully coughing in the face of a cancer patient at a Pier 1 store in Florida amid the coronavirus crisis.
“How about that,” the aggressor, identified by police as Debra Hunter, according to First Coast News, says in the clip as she flips the bird to Heather Sprague in the Jacksonville home goods store.
“I think I’ll get real close to you and cough on you,” Hunter, 52, says to Sprague before she coughs directly on her and mutters, ‘A—–e.”
Shocked shoppers inside the store can be heard saying “no” and “no way” after the disturbing encounter unfolded.
As Hunter moved to exit the store, she barked, “You’re lucky I don’t kick you,” according to the footage.
The video was posted to Facebook last week by Sprague who has since filed a police report against the woman, First Coast News reported.
Hunter has not been arrested or charged, according to the news outlet, which reported that “battery — touch or strike, no injury” was cited as the offense on the police report.
Sprague, who says she’s a mother of 10 and a brain tumor patient at the Mayo Clinic, said that she noticed a pair of unattended children wandering around the store before the incident occurred.
“It became apparent that they belonged to a woman at the register who was becoming increasingly belligerent,” she wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.
“She was screaming at, swearing, insulting, and threatening the staff as she demanded to return an item she didn’t have with her, just a photo of the item on her phone,” Sprague said of the woman who coughed on her.
Sprague noted that store staffers could not process the return, so “she continued to rage, all the while her poor little boy was squirming and asking for a bathroom, which she would have needed to leave the store to find.”
“When she positioned herself so the clerks couldn’t exit the checkout area and screamed that she would stay right there, yelling as loud as she wanted, until all their customers left…I stood at a distance, pulled out my phone and wordlessly began filming,” said Sprague, who captured the rest of the interaction on video.
“I did not speak, react, or engage. Simply stood to document the behavior. When bullies are faced with accountability they must acknowledge the unacceptability of their actions,” Sprague said in the post.
She added that she was headed to get a COVID-19 test and ended the post writing, “thanks Karen*cough, cough.*”