Coronavirus prank in Illinois Walmart results in $10,000 loss

Two teens have been charged after pulling a costly coronavirus prank at a Walmart in Joliet, Illinois, according to police.

Tyler D. Wallace, 19, walked into the Walmart wearing a handmade sign on his back that said “Caution I have the coronavirus.” Wallace put on a yellow medical mask and began spraying Lysol on products and produce, police say.

Wallace turned himself into police and was charged with misdemeanour counts of disorderly conduct, retail theft and criminal trespass to property.

A 17-year-old boy who was in the store with Wallace was arrested on misdemeanour counts of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

“It appears to have been a prank that went too far,” Joliet Police Sgt. Chris Botzum told the Associated Press.

Coronavirus hoaxes have been surfacing in other places as well. Earlier, a Canadian passenger on a WestJet flight from Toronto to Jamaica was charged with falsely claiming he had the virus.

Walmart estimates the loss of produce to be over $7,300 and cleanup costing over $2,400, according to police.

As of Sunday, 37,198 people have been infected and 811 killed from the coronavirus outbreak that first appeared late last year.

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