Massachusetts man gave ‘COVID hugs’ to cancer survivor, other strangers at Walmart, police say

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Police said the man hugged customers and said they were now infected with the coronavirus

Massachusetts police are searching for a serial hugger who gave unwelcome “COVID hugs” to strangers shopping at a Walmart last week.

The unidentified man hugged multiple customers at the Springfield store at around 7 p.m. on Aug. 15 before telling them they were now infected with the coronavirus, the Springfield Police Department said.

One victim, a cancer survivor, told police the man walked up to him, took an item out of his hands and hugged him.

“Just giving you a COVID hug,” the suspect reportedly said. “You now have COVID.”

The suspect then started laughing and walked away, according to police. The victim said he had never seen the man before.

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