Police hunting man accused of ‘deliberately’ coughing on supermarket worker

Police are appealing for help to identify a man who allegedly deliberately coughed on a supermarket worker at a store in the NSW Hunter region.

The shocking incident happened inside a supermarket on Glenelg Street in Raymond Terrace around 7.30pm on Tuesday.

It’s understood a 35-year-old female worker was assisting customers to adhere to social distancing rules, when she became involved in a verbal altercation with a man.


“Police have been told a man and woman approached the register before a verbal altercation occurred between the man and the female employee and he deliberately coughed on her,” NSW Police said in a statement.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 170-180cm tall, with a shaved head, and goatee-style facial hair.

At the time, he was wearing cream shorts and black thongs.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, is urging anyone who may recognise the man to come forward.

“This kind of dangerous behaviour needs to stop immediately. It’s potentially putting the lives of workers and their families at risk,” Mr Elliott said.

“This isn’t a time to practice poor hygiene habits.

“For a disgusting act like this, you could find yourself charged with common assault and jailed for up to two years.”

Anyone who has information which may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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How disgusting. What a sad moron for doing that. Why are people like it. I just don’t get it.


Blame his parents as they never taught him the word NO so he grew up to be a complete IDIOT . Just hope he hasn’t bred with anyone.