There is nothing more American than capitalizing on people's panic for a quick profit.
And royally messing it up.
Manisha Bharade, a 47-year-old woman from Wood-Ridge, New Jersey is facing charges for doing just that. It was discovered she was concocting a way to capitalize on the demand for hand sanitizer by creating her own at home and selling it on shelves of her 7-Eleven.
In order to sell more product, Bharade reportedly mixed "commercially available foaming sanitizer, which was not meant for resale," with water, which caused a chemical reaction and burned three 10-year-olds and an 11-year-old.
"She wasn't trying to make a lot of money and obviously didn't mean to hurt anybody," a law enforcement official told the Daily Voice. "But she's no chemist."
Sooo sad, of course this happened in my home state.. New Jersey 7-Eleven owner allegedly sold homemade hand sanit… https://t.co/0ZjLNoOJMf— Joshua Salazar (@Joshua Salazar) 1583986152.0
A homemade hand sanitizer sold by this 7 Eleven sent one boy to the hospital with burns on his body. Police want an… https://t.co/CW7gbrfSgW— glenn schuck (@glenn schuck) 1583853576.0
Do NOT water down hand sanitizer https://t.co/5EQqPZ0GcG— Jacob Shamsian (@Jacob Shamsian) 1583958090.0
@TMZ @TooFab Beware and BE CAREFUL!— FabulousChic (@FabulousChic) 1583959783.0
@CNN Why is homemade santizer,in a retail convenience store chain,in the first place?— Richard M. Arney (@Richard M. Arney) 1583942787.0
Bharade is being charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of deceptive business practices.
"Let me be perfectly clear: if you try to take advantage of our residents during a public health emergency, we will hold you accountable," said Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
"Retailers who try to make a quick buck by exploiting others will face civil and criminal consequences."
@CNN Not helpful— Namaste 🙏 (@Namaste 🙏) 1583941246.0
@CNN Well why don't you get @drsanjaygupta to tell people a safe way to make sanitizers at home since there is a sh… https://t.co/rK5xsLCX22— Mike (@Mike) 1583943798.0
@CNN I make my own cleaner for my use in my home not for sale very simple vinegar and blue dawn— Bekki King (@Bekki King) 1583946854.0
@CNN In other words time to lawyer up, to the franchisee of that 7 eleven...— John C. (@John C.) 1583951808.0
@TIME Oh hell no. #sanitizers #dangerous https://t.co/2VJYAdOJFY— Michael J™ (@Michael J™) 1583941261.0
Five of the fourteen bottles for sale by the 7-Eleven in question have been turned over to the police for analysis.
The Daily Voice also reported that the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs "sent a letter to the store's owners demanding that they preserve all records relating to the preparation and sale of the 'spray sanitizer' seized by law enforcement."
@HuffPost Beware of bottles labled Purhell.— MARCB (@MARCB) 1583946335.0
@HuffPost um... https://t.co/lG7nMo9omu— 𝕟 𝕒 𝕨 𝕒 𝕝 (@𝕟 𝕒 𝕨 𝕒 𝕝) 1583946385.0
@HuffPost The free market rides again— RollXd6 (@RollXd6) 1583946681.0
@HuffPost Greed .......— Riffkeen_ (@Riffkeen_) 1583947061.0
@HuffPost Poor judgement all round by the so called scammer and the parent. Poor kids! 😮— WearyWatcher (@WearyWatcher) 1583949352.0
Those who may have purchased hand sanitizer from the River Vale, New Jersey 7-Eleven should contact the River Vale Police Department at (201) 664-1111.
In the meanwhile, stay safe as the virus continues to spread.