Stephen: Florida Man demands boy remove mask, claims to give him COVID-19

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This story may make you do a spit-take: A man was arrested in Florida this week after spitting in a boy’s face and telling him, “You now have coronavirus.” The New York Post reports that this past Sunday, Jason Copenhaver approached the boy’s table at Ricky T’s restaurant in Treasure Island and asked if he was wearing a mask–which he was. After the boy refused Copenhaver’s command to remove his mask, the 47-year-old reportedly grabbed the boy’s hand, put his face next to the child’s and told him, “You now have coronavirus.”

A police report states that Copenhaver “was in such close proximity that spit particles from his mouth landed in [the boy’s] face.” The AP adds that Copenhaver “appeared drunk and wasn’t wearing shoes.” He also allegedly tried to hit a restaurant employee twice before cops arrived. Copenhaver was charged with simple battery and disorderly conduct and was freed after posting $650 bail. He also reportedly told authorities that he doesn’t know if he has coronavirus and has never been tested.

 

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