A manhunt is underway in NSW for a shopper who allegedly spat at another man during what police have described as a “disgusting” clash over face masks at a Sydney Bunnings store.
According to State Emergency Operations Controller Gary Worboys, a 51-year-old man was spat on after becoming involved in a confrontation over the wearing of face masks.
It happened at a Bunnings store on the corner of Pennant Hills Road and Phyllis Avenue in Thornleigh just before 7am yesterday.
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NSW police said in a statement that the man was waiting to be served when he spoke to another man, who was not wearing a mask.
“Staff intervened and as the man was leaving the store, he spat on the other man,” police said.
Despite scouring CCTV from the hardware store, officers have so far been unable to identify the perpetrator.
He continued by urging people to avoid becoming involved in heated arguments over face masks.
In total, 56 PINs were issued across NSW yesterday.
Of those, 26 were $200 infringements for failing to wear a fitted face covering.