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Ice Cream Licker Could Get 20 Years

'We're appalled that someone would do this'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2019 2:20 AM CDT
Updated Jul 5, 2019 5:00 AM CDT
Ice Cream Licker Could Get 20 Years
Blue Bell ice cream rests on a grocery store shelf in Lawrence, Kan.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

A Texas woman could be looking at an extremely long prison sentence for one lick of ice cream. In a viral video—shared on Twitter by a user who wondered "What kinda psychopathic behavior is this?"—the woman can be seen opening a tub of Blue Bell ice cream in a Walmart, licking the ice cream, and then putting the container back in the freezer, CBS reports. The man believed to have filmed her can be heard egging her on, saying "lick it, lick it." Police say the Walmart was identified as the branch in Lufkin, and they have managed to identify the woman from surveillance footage. Police in Lufkin tell NBC that they plan to arrest the woman on a second-degree felony charge of tampering with a consumer product, which carries a sentence of between two and 20 years in prison.

Police also want to speak to the man who filmed the video. "We're appalled that someone would do this," says Lufkin Director of Public Safety Gerald Williamson. "We take it incredibly seriously and we're acting on it as the major crime that it is." Blue Bell says it is also taking the incident very seriously. The company says it notified police as soon as one of its employees was able to identify the location. Blue Bell says it believes it removed the container that was tampered with—and to be on the safe side, it removed all the other half-gallon containers of Tin Roof ice cream from the Walmart. "Food tampering is not a joke, and we will not tolerate tampering with our products," the company said in a statement. (A Taco Bell employee was fired after he was photographed licking a stack of taco shells.)

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