In a disturbing trend of people invading small children’s personal germ space, a man was arrested after spitting in the face of a little boy who was wearing a mask at a restaurant.
Jason Copenhaver, 47, reportedly approached the child and asked him why he was wearing a mask, demanding that he remove it.
When the little boy refused, Copenhaver spit in his face and told the child he now had the virus.
Florida Man Spits On A Boy For Wearing A Mask In Restaurant, Tells Him He Now Has Coronavirus https://t.co/0o4UOkxxeQ
— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) August 5, 2020
Why do these guys do this to little kids? Do this to a grown man. And see what happens.
— Jesus Shuttlesworth (@ShuttlesworthNY) August 5, 2020
Assault charge incoming. This man will be out of a job soon. Twitter, do your thing.
— kathy dee (@kathyd333) August 5, 2020
Wait, I thought spitting on someone was a federal level offense or something. How was he not curbstomped by bystanders for this?!
— Griffin Smyth (@GriffinSmyth) August 6, 2020
According to restaurant employees, Copenhaver appeared drunk and was barefoot. They tried to detain him, but he became belligerent.
He also attempted to assault an employee before police were summoned and he was arrested.
Imagine thinking this is a good idea, warranted, justified in some way.
And sharing that with family or friends. Hey, guess what I did today!
The evil in our country has been unleashed. I sure hope we can reign it it when Donald is removed.
— Equality4All (@KimiMom3) August 5, 2020
He needs to be fired from his job if he even has a job. His employer should be embarrassed to employ a man who does that to a child. Ok twitter lets work our magic and make him very famous!!!
— Sheri Fauber (@vtmoneyobx) August 6, 2020
That’s assault, child endangerment, and terroristic threat.
— 🆖 864511320 (@whiteboynicky) August 6, 2020
If this is true, he needs to be charged with a felony assault against a child and maybe terrorism, too!
— Serene R. (@spikealicious1) August 6, 2020
Again, in some states spitting on someone when you're HIV positive is considered aggravated assault. Thing is, you can't get HIV from saliva, but you CAN get contract Cornavirus that way. The same law should apply.
— Just a guy outstanding in my field. (@r_chadrick) August 5, 2020
Copenhaver was charged with battery and disorderly conduct, with bail set at $650.
Critics feel the police did not come down on Copenhaver hard enough.
This is 47-year-old Jason Copenhaver. He was only charged with disorderly conduct and simple battery. Even the PD is complicit here.
So let's get this jerk who preys on little kids fired.
— Experimental Knitter –getting into #GoodTrouble– (@ExptKnitter) August 5, 2020
WFTV: In a Treasure Island, Florida, restaurant, Jason Copenhaver grabbed a mask wearing child, told him to take it off, and then breathed into the child’s face, saying “Now you have coronavirus.” Charged with battery and disorderly conduct. Cause this is Florida.
— LiberalNavySeal (@LiberalNavySeal) August 5, 2020
— Suma4720 (@Suma4720) August 5, 2020
Jason Copenhaver. Doubt he'll do any real time, so let's maybe have Twitter do its thing. Because numbnuts should have a messed-up life when he does get out. https://t.co/bCvLMulqL4
— Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar) August 7, 2020
— 🌊If you LIKE it…you can RETWEET it🌊 (@martycomroe) August 5, 2020
Copenhaver reportedly does not actually know if he is infected with the virus, as he has never been tested, according to police.
If the child contracts the virus, it remains to be seen if further charges will be levied.