We wish we didn’t have to say it. We really do. But you’ve forced our hand, internet. Don’t lick ice cream and then put it back in the freezer at your local Walmart. Not only is it disgusting, but it could get you into a lot of trouble.
A now-viral video posted to Twitter on Monday shows a person in a grocery store freezer aisle opening a large container of Blue Bell ice cream, taking a lick off the top, and then putting it back on the shelf.
The original tweet was captioned, "What kind of psychotic behavior is this?" Since the video went up, it has garnered 12.5 million views and almost 40,000 (mostly angry) comments.
Police in Lufkin, Texas—where the incident apparently took place—immediately jumped into action. As it turns out, cops take ice cream licking very seriously.
According to the Lufkin Police’s Facebook page, the suspect has been identified. Since the ice cream licker is under 18 years old, her name will not be released to the public and the case will be turned over to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
We’re not sure how Texas handles underage ice cream licking, but the crime could carry severe legal repercussions for adults. Like really severe. Like 20-years-in-prison (and a $10,000 fine) severe, NBC News reports.
While two decades behind bars might seem a little extreme, it’s important to remember that product tampering is no joke. The country has been sensitive to this kind of crime since the Chicago Tylenol murders in 1982, and the ice cream licker in Texas seems to have brought it back into public consciousness.
Blue Bell Creameries called the incident a "malicious act of food tampering,” but consumers are wondering: Why don’t Blue Bell cartons come with safety seals?
"During production, our half gallons are flipped upside down and sent to a hardening room where the ice cream freezes to the lid, creating a natural seal. The lids are frozen tightly to the carton. Any attempt at opening the product should be noticeable," the company stated online.
Will this disgusting ordeal force Blue Bell to reevaluate its safety measures? Maybe. But in the meantime, it’s probably best to keep your tongue to yourself in the freezer aisle.
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