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A Florida man was arrested on Tuesday for assault after allegedly intentionally coughing a cashier, saying his social distancing in the midst of the coronavirus public health crisis was “out of control.”
Christopher Canfora, 49, was arrested at his home in DeBary, about 23 miles north of Orlando at around 3 p.m. Fox 35 Orlando reported on Tuesday.
At that time, he had previously left Harbor Freight Tools in Orange City, where an employee told the sheriff’s deputies that Canfora had approached him to the register and had begun to complain about the store’s social distancing policies, including tape on the floor to space buyers six feet apart. She claimed that Canfora had coughed against her, saying “all of this is getting out of hand”.
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“She said that Canfora then explained that he did the same with people wearing masks when he saw them, and that he planned to go to another store and do a little more,” said the sheriff’s office.
When the MPs arrived at his home, Canfora denied having coughed against the woman. However, he admitted “that he did not expect anyone to understand his sense of humor and that he did not exactly remember what he said at Harbor Freight,” the office said. sheriff.
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MPs said Canfora also denied having symptoms of COVID-19. He was charged with aggravated assault and taken to Volusia County branch jail where he was held on $ 5,000 bail, according to Fox 35.
Florida had the eighth highest number of infections in the country and the tenth highest number of deaths on Wednesday, recording at least 14,747 confirmed cases, with at least 296 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.