A disgruntled former contractor walked into a West Ashley Harris Teeter store early Sunday afternoon and attempted to contaminate food products by spraying what police told staffers appeared to be feces on various food items, a store spokesperson said.
"We were extremely alarmed and disappointed to learn that today, a disgruntled, former contractor attempted to contaminate food products in the Produce department and Fresh Foods department inside our St. Andrews Shopping Center location," said Danna Robinson, a Harris Teeter spokeswoman.
Sunday afternoon, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis called the substance a "brown liquid," but couldn't be certain of its origin. Francis said the bottle and its contents will be tested.
Pau S. Hang, 41, was arrested on site, 975 Savannah Highway, and charged with damage to personal property and trespassing after notice.
Robinson said that the affected products were disposed and that the produce and fresh foods departments were being sanitized. The affected departments remained closed as of Sunday afternoon and will not re-open until the store receives approval from the county Department of Health, Robinson added.
A Charleston County Consolidated dispatch supervisor said that Charleston police responded to the store just before 1 p.m.