The latest internet trend right now is going into stores to lick ice cream, and then putting the tub back in the fridge. If you were thinking of defiling your local supermarket for some likes, you might want to reconsider. Now anyone who gets caught doing so might risk jail time.
The trend started last week on Twitter when a Texas teen uploaded a video of herself licking a tub of Blue Bell ice cream in the supermarket. Since then she’s been identified by police, and now faces up to twenty years in prison for food tampering. According to Texas law, a person can be charged with a felony if they “knowingly or intentionally tampers with a consumer product knowing that the consumer product will be offered for sale to the public or as a gift to another.”
What kinda psychopathic behavior is this?! pic.twitter.com/T8AIdGpmuS
— Optimus Primal (@BlindDensetsu) June 29, 2019
The viral video has sparked outrage, and a debate as to whether or not the girl’s punishment is too harsh. It’s also inspired copy-cat lickers to post their own videos. Including a woman in a Walmart gargling mouthwash before spitting it back into the bottle. We’re not making this up…
you bitches with no oral hygiene could take a hint pic.twitter.com/IaMOC1caid
— Bameron Nicole Smith (@bameronkaii) July 3, 2019
Authorities and store owners are now cracking down on anyone they can find licking ice cream in stores. In a recent incident in Louisiana, 36-year-old Lenise Martin III has been arrested for posting a video of himself committing the crime. Despite evidence of a receipt proving he bought the ice cream afterwards, Martin still faces charges for the “unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity”.
— Mrs. Franklin (@Ms_Pisces_Slay) July 7, 2019
According to a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, Martin appeared surprised to be arrested. “His explanation was, ‘All I wanted to do was be famous. And I paid for the ice cream.’” Look, we’re not here to tell you what to do, but seriously don’t lick ice cream just for a video. You don’t get any clout out of it, you just end up looking like a clown.
Featured image via Twitter @BlindDensetsu.