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Man charged after licking products in store as part of 'COVID Challenge:' police

A Taber Police Service vehicle stands outside the dispatch headquarters. (CREDIT: Taber Police Service, Facebook)

TABER – A man from southern Alberta has been charged with mischief after police say he participated in an online prank related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police in Taber say the man allegedly tampered with products inside a store.

They say a witness saw a group of four people licking some products last Thursday before they left the business, which had to remove some items and sanitize the area.

Police say a licence plate was written down and officers were able to find the four suspects.

One of them, an unnamed 20-year-old from Taber has been charged with mischief under $5,000.

Taber police Chief Graham Abela says the prank was based on what some people are calling the COVID Challenge on the popular video app TikTok.