Downtown Fargo business says man came in claiming to have COVID, coughed on people

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Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 4:36 AM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: We reached out to the man the business says is responsible for the incident. He provided the following statement:

“I can tell you that I never coughed on them, I never told them I had COVID in the store... outright lies. They were clearly obsessed with masking and I walked into a situation where these people were rude, abuse and vulgar and I didn’t appreciate it. I did stand outside their store on the sidewalk and engaged in what could be considered discussion with them but I was entitled to be there. This entire matter is blown out of proportion, untrue and a childish waste of time.”

ORIGINAL: A downtown Fargo coffee shop had to call police after a man came in claiming he had COVID-19 and coughed on people.

Young Blood Coffee in the 600 block of 2nd Ave. N. posted on Facebook saying the man came in without a mask, violating store policy, and said multiple times that he was positive for the disease.

The post says when that customer was asked to leave, he refused. After a back-and-forth between employees and the man, the post says the man coughed directly in the face of people.

Police were then called to the coffee shop to talk to the man. The Facebook post says the man told police he did not have COVID-19 and was just trying to antagonize the business.

Valley News Live searched through dispatch reports and found a call for a disturbance to the 600 block of 2nd Ave. N. around 2:20 Thursday afternoon. The report shows police were on scene for more than 40 minutes.

Police tell us they talked to the man and created a report for disorderly conduct, that report is now being forwarded to the city attorney for consideration. disorderly conduct is a class B misdemeanor and carries a $500 fine.

We have a call into Fargo Police to see if more information about this case is available, stay with VNL as we investigate.

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