Update: Police have identified and apprehended the sick-licker, but will not name her because she turns out to be a minor. Before they realized she was a teenager, police warned they had planned to arrest her on a charge of second-degree felony tampering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail. But...
"Because she is a juvenile offender, her identity is protected under section 58.104 of the Texas Family Code," Lufkin Police Department spokesperson Jessie Pebsworth said.
"The case will be turned over to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department."
So it appears a hefty fine and jail time are off the cards? Maybe a hug? Or blame it on race-pressure and income inequality forcing her to do it? Consequence-free America rules once again.
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In a video that went viral widely across social media – for all the wrong reasons – a young woman in Texas walked into her local Walmart, opened a container of ice cream, licked it, and then put it back in the freezer.
But now the sick joke could be on the woman, instead: she faces up to 20 years in prison as a result of her actions, according to KSTP ABC.
The video can be seen here:
What kinda psychopathic behavior is this?! pic.twitter.com/T8AIdGpmuS— Optimus Primal (@BlindDensetsu) June 29, 2019
The ice cream company saw the video and immediately issued a statement saying that the licked ice cream was never sold.
The company stated:
"Our staff recognized the location in the video, and we inspected the freezer case. Based on security footage, the location and the inspection of the carton, we believe we may have recovered the half gallon that was tampered with. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also removed all Tin Roof half gallons from that location.
They continued: "Food tampering is not a joke, and we will not tolerate tampering with our products."
The company then notified the police upon figuring out which store was involved, and now authorities believe they’ve identified the woman based on surveillance footage. They intend on arresting her on felony second degree tampering with a consumer product charges. It's a charge that can carry up to 20 years.
The department also said it is consulting with the FDA about possible Federal charges.