Texas Grocery Customer, Upset Over Coronavirus Restrictions, Throws Steak and Lettuce at Cashier on Mother’s Day

(NEWSWEEK) , May 12, 2020

Texas police say they have identified a man who allegedly threw lettuce and steak at grocery store staff on Mother’s Day after becoming enraged about meat purchasing limits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Facebook post on Sunday by local police shared surveillance images of the man believed to be responsible for the outburst at an HEB grocery store in Leander, a suburb of Austin. The post was quickly updated with news that the man had been identified, although his identity was not released to the public.

“The incident occurred because the male subject was upset about the purchasing limits of meat products,” Leander police wrote. “The male subject is seen, in video surveillance, throwing an individual packaged steak and a bag of lettuce at a cashier.”

The incident was said to have taken place around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. A surveillance image appears to show a man in a blue shirt and baseball cap leaving the store with a grin on his face. Another image shows someone driving away in a white car, which police said was the man’s white Ford Fusion.

Police said they identified the suspect after receiving a call from a 40-year-old man, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The man was banned from the store and cited with criminal trespassing and misdemeanor assault, which could make him liable for a maximum fine of $500.