After being caught on video coughing on a customer with cancer while in a Pier 1 store, she is now known as the “Pier 1 cougher.” She is paying the price of her actions.

Hunter is facing up to 60 days in jail for assault. With her next sentence hearing a week away, she has been trying to explain what happened.

She wants it to be known that there were moments leading up to the action that wasn’t caught on film, and she was just trying to protect her kids from a stranger filming them.

“Admittedly I was immediately infuriated and demanded this customer to stop filming my kids,” she explained in a letter to the judge. “In the heat of the moment, I overreacted in an overprotective manner which ultimately led to my retaliation on this stranger, the victim. And that highly regrettable, split-second, knee-jerk reaction has cost my family dearly.”

Hunter submitted a whopping 23 pages of insults and threats she received as a result of the incident, everything from the mild end of calling her “disgusting” to telling her to “kill herself.

Hunter says that life is different now than it used to be. Her life has been turned upside down and she says her kids don’t deserve that. “My kids should not have to pay for my mistake,” she said. “Each of my three children has lost nearly every friend they had.”

“I went from ‘that mom’ to ‘that woman,’” she said, adding that she realizes “this all may sound like a bad movie script.”

To end it, she left the judge (and the general public) with this thought: “I often wonder what it would be like if every one of us, as the flawed human beings we are, had their worst moments reduced to a short video for all the world to see and judge.”

In the meantime, watch the video below to see what happened in Pier 1 that day.



What do you think of Hunter’s actions? What should her punishment be for what she did?