On April 2, 2020, Taber police received a complaint from a local food establishment that a group of four people had entered the store and tampered with a product by attempting to lick the item with their tongue. A witness to the event was concerned about the activity and reported it to the store management. The four people left the business and a license plate was obtained. Taber police later identified the four suspects, and were able to locate the specific person involved.
A 20-year-old Taber man has been charged with one count under Sec. 430(1)(D) of the Criminal Code, mischief under $5000.
The man was arrested and released on an undertaking to appear in Taber provincial court on July 7, 2020.
The business took all precautions to ensure that the packaged goods were removed from the shelves and the entire area sanitized in keeping with COVID-19 cleaning protocols.
The motive behind this act was to apparently create a Tik Tok video to participate in what some are calling the “Covid Challenge.”
“Taber police consider this type of activity a serious breach of good citizenship and conduct that is required during this time of crisis,” said TPS Chief Graham Abela. “Reliable and clean food supply is one of our greatest needs at this time, to waste cleaning supplies and food from our shelves during this pandemic is unacceptable. We will investigate and where necessary lay charges to the fullest extent of the law to help curb this type of prank.”