Dramatic images of a shopper who was arrested in a Woolworths supermarket after she was apparently caught spitting fruit have been revealed as fake.
When the footage was first shared online, it was alleged that police were called to the supermarket in western Sydney after the woman was caught spitting fruit.
The fake news report claimed that the woman, 54, had tested positive for coronavirus.
However, since then it has been revealed that the viral images have been edited and are in fact two different incidents involving two women.
When the footage was first shared online, it was alleged that police were called to the supermarket in western Sydney after the woman was caught spitting fruit
The first part of the footage was shot on March 19 in Gordon, north Sydney, and involved a woman who had refused police instructions.
She was arrested, but later released without charge.
The second part of the video looks like blurry camera surveillance of a woman spitting or sneezing at bananas.
Eagle-eyed social media users pointed out that the women who sneeze at fruit wore a different outfit than the woman who was arrested.
The supermarket in the second clip is nothing like an Australian supermarket.
In the footage of the Australian arrest, a police officer had to say, “Raise your hands!”
“You resist arrest. Do you understand? I told you five times, just listen, “said the officer.
Eagle-eyed social media users pointed out that the women who sneeze at fruit wore a different outfit than the woman who was arrested
Panic purchases in recent weeks, caused by the spread of the coronavirus in early March, have stripped shops of essentials such as toilet paper, pasta and canned and other dried foods
The hysterical woman, holding shopping bags, then replied, “I have done nothing wrong,” pressing her hands to her chest to avoid being handcuffed.
The policeman asked the woman to extend her hands a few more times as the spectators began to gather.
A New South Wales police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia that the customer was repeatedly asked by staff and police to leave the store.
“She declined and the 54-year-old woman was arrested and taken to Gordon police station,” said the spokeswoman.
“She was held accountable for her behavior in the store and released.”
Panic purchases have left supermarkets stripped of toilet paper, pasta, rice and frozen foods, as well as canned goods and other dried goods
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Woolworths for comment.
Panic purchases in recent weeks, caused by the spread of the coronavirus in early March, have stripped shops of essentials such as toilet paper, pasta and canned and other dried foods.
Some customers have even become embroiled in ugly confrontations about the limited supply, especially toilet paper.
On March 6, three women were filmed in a shocking fist fight for toilet paper at a Woolworths supermarket.
The bizarre brawl is said to have taken place in Chullora, 15 km west of the Sydney CBD, when panic in Australia began to mount.
Hysterical screams broke out as the trio fought in the aisles, the incident seemingly arising from a mother and daughter heaping toilet paper.
The fight started when a third woman tried to take one of the precious packages out of the trolley, causing chaos.
A day later, the video went viral of an older woman slapping another shopper in the face as she scraped the last pack of toilet paper into a Melbourne Coles.
The younger woman already appears to have a huge supply of toilet paper.
Grim photos showed empty shelves and packed carts as customers flocked to supermarkets and emptied the shelves.
Timeline of Australian panic purchases
March 1 – Panic purchases of toilet paper begin, with shelves in supermarkets across the country being taken out of the toilet roll, as fear of coronavirus increases
4th of March – Coles introduces a limit of four pieces on toilet paper.
6 March – Three women are filmed in a shocking fistfight over toilet paper in a Woolworths in Chullora, 15 km west of Sydney CBD.
March 7th Video goes viral of an older woman slapping another shopper as she scrapes over the last pack of toilet paper in a Melbourne Coles.
13 March – Woolworths introduces a one-package limit for paper towels and napkins.
17th of March – Woolworths and Coles are introducing a special shopping hour for the elderly and disabled to stock up without being overwhelmed by the panic of buying chaos in some stores.
18th of March – Woolworths says customers of most packaged products can only purchase two items from a single category, excluding fresh food.
18th of March – Scott Morrison demands that Australians stop collecting food and other essentials during a passionate press conference.
March 24th – Coles announces that it will allow emergency workers – including nurses and police officers – to shop during the special ‘community hour’.
Last week, Scott Morrison urged Australians to stop hoarding food and other essentials as arguments broke out between anxious customers in grocery stores across the country.
The prime minister said that the panic-buying chaos of supermarkets is one of the “most disappointing things” he has seen in “Australian behavior” in response to this crisis.
“Stop hoarding. I can’t be more blunt about it. Stop it, “said Mr. Morrison as he spoke to the nation on Wednesday.
“That’s not who we are as a people. It is not necessary. It is not something that people should do. ‘
Supermarkets are forced to introduce purchasing limits for items due to the strong demand for goods.
Coles customers are limited to buying just one pack of toilet paper and two packs of pasta, flour, rice, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and other supplies.
Woolworths also imposes the purchase limits of one package of toilet paper, baby wipes and rice per customer.
SUPERMARKET BUYING BORDERS
Two items per person
Minced meat includes beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and turkey
Paper towels / tissues
Long-life UHT milk
Limit of one package per customer, per store
Rice (2 kg and more)
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Meat (excluding minced meat)
Drinks (ambient and chilled)
Confectionery and merchandise for Easter
Wet dog food
Wet cat food
Limit of two packages per customer, per store
Any other category