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Last week, a viral video on Twitter launched a police investigation…and a trend.
The video showed a woman taking a Blue Bell ice cream carton out of the freezer at a Lufkin, Texas Walmart. She opened the carton, licked the top of the ice cream, and put it back in the freezer. The person filming the video egged her on, saying, “Lick it! Lick it! Oh you foul. Put it back, put it back!”
The video, which you can watch below, has people outraged.
Lufkin, Texas detectives identified the woman thanks to security footage. The department’s intent was to arrest the woman and charge her with second-degree felony tampering, which could lead to 2-20 years in prison.
Apparently, the girl who committed this crime is under the age of 18, so Blue Bell said in a statement, “This case is now in the hands of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to pursue however it deems appropriate.”
Unfortunately, this girl’s 15 minutes of fame has inspired someone at least twice her age to follow suit.
A 36-year-old man by the name of Lenise Martin III recorded himself licking Blue Bell ice cream, poking his finger in it, licking it again, and putting it back in the freezer section at Big B’s Supermarket in Louisiana.
According to CNN, local detectives found evidence that he posted the video to Facebook attempting to seek the same attention the teenage girl received.
Commander Lonny Cavalier told CNN Martin is being held for “unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity and criminal mischief for allegedly tampering with property.”
Martin apparently bought the carton of Blue Bell ice cream and had a receipt to prove it. Cavalier says the receipt doesn’t absolve him of the crimes he’s being charged with.
“Taking into consideration that he eventually purchased the same container is one thing. However he puts it on Facebook to gain this notoriety and at the end of the day, it gives other people ideas that are not the best interest of public health,” he said.
Because of the outrageous Internet trend, some Walmarts are not taking this lightly and are “arming” their ice cream sections.
Watch a news segment on Martin’s arrest below.