Think that American young people aren't taking the coronavirus seriously? You might be right.
There have been multiple reports of millennials and teenagers ignoring CDC recommendations and statewide regulations about social distancing. No one will forget this guy:
And now we have this from Virginia police: Teenagers are engaging in a "disturbing trend" of filming themselves going into grocery stores and purposefully coughing on the produce and then posting the videos to social media.
Excuse me, what?
The Purcellville Police Department revealed on Facebook that a group of teenagers allegedly filmed themselves coughing on fruits and vegetables in a Virginia grocery store Wednesday and posted it to social media. Cops said they are investigating the reported incident, but they have no suspects at this time. The New York Post reported that the perpetrators remain at large.
"Yesterday, March 18, 2020, an incident occurred at a local grocery store involving juveniles reportedly coughing on produce, while filming themselves and posting it on social media," the department said. "Police responded and are currently investigating the incident. The grocery store immediately removed the items in question, and has taken appropriate measures to ensure the health of store patrons."
Apparently this is a thing
The department noted that the actions of the teenagers appears to be part of a growing and "disturbing trend" across the U.S.
More from the Purcellville PD:
We are asking for parental assistance in monitoring your teenagers' activities, as well as their social media posts to avoid the increase of any further such incidents. We have learned that this appears to be a disturbing trend on social media across the country, and we ask for help from parents to discourage this behavior immediately. Please talk with your children and explain to them why such behavior is wrong, especially given the current situation regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We also take this opportunity to remind parents and children of the Town of Purcellville's curfew, which states it is unlawful for any minor under the age of 18 years to loiter or remain on any street, park or public place in the town between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and daylight of the following day, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.