Woman, 35, arrested after ‘giving bosses fake sick note saying she had coronavirus to get out of work’ – The Sun
A WOMAN has been arrested after allegedly using the coronavirus pandemic to get time off work at a Texas supermarket.
Kimberly Danner, 35, was charged with forgery when H-E-B bosses discovered her positive diagnosis was "not true" said a spokesperson.
There were serious consequences for the Odessa store after she handed her bosses a sick note, claiming she had contracted the bug.
Giving Danner time off to recuperate, her supervisors were so concerned she could spread the coronavirus that they warned fellow employees about her testing 'positive'.
This caused widespread panic, reports Metro.
H-E-B tried to do the right thing by alerting customers too.
The Ector County Hospital District Police Department told CBS7 that Danner was arrested on Tuesday night.
She has also been fired from her job.
A supermarket spokesperson told the broadcaster: "H-E-B confirms the positive coronavirus case announced on April 7 at our Westside Odessa store was not true.
"We take matters of falsifying documents seriously, and we do not tolerate this activity.
"The case is in the hands of local authorities.
"The safety of our partners and customers remains our top priority."
On Facebook, H-E-B in Odessa has posted that it "continues to focus on strong health and safety protocols in our stores, including sanizing and social distancing".
Customers have been quick to praise the measures, hailing the store for "doing a fine job during this pandemic".
Ruth Looney commented: "HEB has done an outstanding job. They had safety measures in place before many other stores. It is so obvious that they care about their staff and the community."
According to Worldometers' latest stats, Texas has nearly 22,000 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, while 561 have lost their lives to it.
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