A man has reportedly been arrested and charged for spraying what’s been reported as feces on fresh produce in a Charleston grocery store Sunday.
Pau S. Hang, 41-year-old, is accused of spraying a brown liquid from a spray bottle onto to some of the produce in a Charleston Harris Teeter grocery store, according to Francis.
The authorities still don’t know the type of liquid that was used, but it was reported as feces by a local news. The spray bottle has been confiscated by the police department’s Crime Scene Unit, according to Francis, adding the bottle and its content will be tested to determine what’s in the liquid.
Hang was on trespass notice for this location after causing a scene at one of the store, according to Francis.
On Sunday, at around 1:00 p.m., Hang entered the Harris Teeter located at 975 Savannah Highway, armed with a spray bottle containing liquid feces.
He then reportedly demanded the money Harris Teeter owed him. After not getting his money, Hang began spraying liquid feces on fresh fruits and vegetables.
The manager at the store directed all questions to Harris Teeter’s corporate customer service, which failed to respond to requests for information on Sunday.
The produce section of the store was closed and the produce removed, said Francis, adding the produce section will be cleaned and will reopen after it has been inspected by DHEC.
Harris Teeter said that $3,000 worth of produce was destroyed.
The manager at the Charleston store confirmed to The State that the affected departments remained closed on Sunday afternoon.
“We were extremely alarmed and disappointed to learn that today, a disgruntled, former contractor attempted to contaminate food products in the Produce department and Fresh Foods department inside our St. Andrews Shopping Center location,” Harris Teeter spokesperson Danna Robinson said in a news release.
Hang is charged with damage to personal property, according to Charleston police public information officer Charles E. Francis, adding the local police responded to the store at 1 p.m. when they took Hang into custody.
He was booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center and his bail has been set at $100,000.