As an act of workplace revenge, and 50-year-old woman put sewing needles inside of strawberries at her job. The woman in question name is My Ut Trinh. She will face up to 10 years in jail after being charged with seven counts of contamination of goods.
Earlier this years, there have been over at least 100 case reports of sewing needles or pins in people’s fruit all across the country. Some people were putting metal inside of fruits such as bananas, mangoes, and apples. However, the government believes these incidents were from a copycat hoax.
Strawberries With Needles
The woman in question is a former supervisor for Berrylicious and Berry Obsession farm. She says that her co-workers were mistreating her and was out for revenge.
Though The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association (QSGA) are happy for the arrest, they want those copying her actions to be under arrest as well.
The association says that the crisis was all over social media and the real victims were those in the strawberry business. According to the police in Queensland, Australia, they were working with multiple governments, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Fear of eating any contaminated strawberries has done damage to Australias booming fruit industry,
There were recalls from Australian supermarkets all over the continent. Buyers from all over were suspending their sale of Australian strawberries due to the fear of contamination. Farmers were dumping their fruit by the binload.
During 2017, strawberries made up to 3 percent of Australia’s fruit exports. They export strawberries many locations including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. During that time period, fresh fruits had a value of 954 million Australian dollars ($690 million).
Officials in the country were telling locals to cut up their fruit before eating it just in case of contamination.