A 20-year-old man was arrested for allegedly licking his fingers and wiping them on supermarket products.
The man is said to have wiped his saliva on an article from the Lidl store on St Andrews Road in Bridport, Dorset, around 2 p.m. Friday.
Dorset police said the man entered the store with a mask and gloves on and was seen lowering the mask and licking his fingers before “deliberately” rubbing them on a store product.
The force said that after an investigation, he was arrested and charged with the offense of intentionally contaminating or disturbing goods under section 38 of the Public Order Act 1986.
He is scheduled to appear before the Weymouth Court of First Instance on May 6.
Dorset police said the suspect had no confirmed cases of Covid-19 and that he had no symptoms.
Lidl has been forced to take several emergency measures to protect staff and customers from the coronavirus in recent weeks.
Late last month, the budget supermarket announced that it would be distributing safety visors to its employees in stores to help protect against coronavirus infection.
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He also announced that he will install security screens at checkout counters across the country to protect colleagues and customers at the store.
The chain also created approximately 2,500 new jobs to provide the necessary support to its employees and customers during the coronavirus crisis.
Lidl UK CEO Christian Hartnagel said: “We are committed to making our colleagues and customers feel safe.
“We are eternally grateful to all of our store teams who work hard every day to support their communities. And, we would like to thank customers once again for their attention during this very difficult period. “