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Customer slaps Wawa employee over face mask compliance in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A customer reportedly slapped an employee after she was asked to leave the Hackettstown Wawa store because she was not wearing a face covering.

On Oct. 3 at around 12:24 a.m., police responded to Wawa, located at 299 Mountain Ave, in reference to a disorderly female who assaulted an employee, police said.

Through a police investigation, it was determined that Ashanty Niang, 23, of Bronx, NY was not wearing a face covering when she was inside the store. The employee asked the female to cover her face which she did with her jacket, police said.

Niang then was taking her jacket down which was uncovering her mouth. The employee asked her to leave the store and that’s when she allegedly slapped the employee in the face, police said.

Niang was charged with violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order, simple assault, and disorderly conduct. She has a pending court appearance.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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