Man Who Mocked Coronavirus Scare by Licking Items Charged as a Terrorist
A man who licked unsold items in a Missouri Walmart as part of a coronavirus prank video has been charged as a terrorist. Cody Lee Pfister, 26, was charged Tuesday with making a terrorist threat in connection with the March 11th incident, according to the Warren County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Among the items, Pfister can be seen licking in the video are several sticks of deodorant, during which he asks, “Who’s afraid of the coronavirus?”
By committing the act, Pfister “knowingly caused a false belief or fear that a condition involving danger to life existed,” according to court documents. Prosecutors also say he acted “with reckless disregard of the risk causing the evacuation, quarantine or closure of any portion” of the Walmart.
Is it fair to charge Pfister as a terrorist?