He Licked the Ice Cream, Then Bought It. But It Was Too Late

D'Adrien Anderson, 24, sentenced after licking Blue Bell ice cream at Texas market
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2020 8:34 AM CST
He Licked the Store's Ice Cream. Now, 30 Days Behind Bars
In this April 10, 2015, file photo, Blue Bell ice cream sits on a grocery store shelf in Lawrence, Kan.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Last summer came headline after headline about someone taking a carton of Blue Bell ice cream out of supermarket freezers, licking the ice cream contained therein, then putting the carton back on store shelves. A punishment has been handed down over one of those stunts: D'Adrien Anderson was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail for letting his tongue touch dairy goodness in a Port Arthur Walmart, NBC News reports. The video of the 24-year-old doing so went viral after originally being posted online in August, and he was soon busted and pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in January. Authorities concede that Anderson went back and purchased the licked carton, but they say it doesn't matter, as Walmart had to toss all of its ice cream.

"Anderson's actions caused public concerns about the safety and quality of consumer products offered for public consumption, impacted Blue Bell consumer confidence, and caused the company financial loss," the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said. In addition to the 30-day jail sentence, notes KBMT, Anderson will receive 180 days of probation; be required to put in 100 hours of community service; and have to pay a $1,000 fine, plus just north of $1,500 in restitution to Blue Bell. (A teen was also accused of licking Blue Bell ice cream in a Walmart in Lufkin, Texas, while Insider notes that a 36-year-old man was arrested in Louisiana on similar charges.)

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