SUMTER, SC – A local woman is in custody and charged after licking her hands and then touching grocery store fixtures and products.

A $100,000 bond was set and COVID-19 testing ordered this morning for Shenir Gibson Holliday, 38, of Sumter. She is being held at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

Holliday was taken into custody Saturday by Sumter Police Department officers who responded to suspicious person call at the IGA on Pinewood Road. After locating the woman in the parking lot, officers were able to identify her and determine she matched the description of the suspect in a hand-licking incident in the county.

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Officers reviewed video footage inside the IGA, which showed the woman licking her hands and coughing before pulling on freezer doors and touching food items. She also was seen doing the same in the dry food section of the store.


Holliday is charged by city police with aggravated breach of peace and food tampering and was issued a citation for violation of the state home or work order.

An investigation is continuing.

Holliday also is charged by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office for a similar incident at the Sub Station II on Peach Orchard Road.