Following the bizarre prank trend started by a teenage girl, a Louisiana man named Lenise Martin III was arrested for licking and dipping a finger in the ice cream tub and then putting it back into the freezer.
According to reports, the prank was performed by a 36-year-old "copy cat" named Lenise Martin III at a supermarket situated in Assumption Parish, Louisiana last Saturday. In the 37 second long footage, Martin is seen opening a tub of Blue Bell Ice Cream and dipping his finger inside it before licking the content. He then secures the cover of the pack and places it back onto the shelf of the freezer.
Martin actually filmed himself performing this nasty prank and later uploaded the video on the internet. Shortly after the management at the store became aware of the 36-year-old's actions, Martin returned to the store and showed them the receipt which suggested that he did actually purchase the tub he ate from and did not leave it behind, according to Daily Mail.
However, this action did come and bite him in the rear end later as he was taken into custody after the video went viral.
This is exactly why someone is getting #CaughtOnVideotape 📼📹 by allegedly tampering @ILoveBlueBell ice cream 🍨 and put it back in the freezer but I hope this investigation which will help local law enforcement catch these bastards who commit this heinous crime.— #BlackwellForPresident (@TBlackwe85) July 8, 2019
Justifying his arrest, the head of the city's public information department, Lonny Cavalier explained how the store cameras caught him in the act. "He [Martin] was on video, and he videoed himself as well, taking a container of Blue Bell ice cream," Cavalier told TODAY.
"He opened it, he licked the top, stuck his fingers in it, and then put the container of ice cream back on the shelf," he continued. So after further investigation, the team discovered that Martin did not put anyone's health at risk as he did, in fact, purchase the ice cream tub he licked.
Copycats! Sad world we are living in when people stoop this low😡— Donna Murphy (@DonnaMu48601889) July 8, 2019
"Based on the receipt and the fact that we could not locate another container that had been tampered with, we believe, at the end of the day, that he purchased the container," said Cavalier.
But the police department could not help but point at the misguided nature of the clip that went viral. Martin was charged with criminal mischief and unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity. He remains in jail awaiting a bond to be set according to the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office.
This is very trifling... like... c'mon y'all. pic.twitter.com/9kIUciFJqQ— Ash (@ashleigh_jax) July 8, 2019
A spokesman for the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement, "It is illegal. It is a health risk to others. We will pursue anyone we see do this. You will be charged."
He further warned how any other copycats will be dealt with "immediately and with the full extent of the law." This Saturday clip was just a reflection of the first video where a girl who was later identified as a minor was seen licking a tub of Blue Bell ice cream and putting it back into the freezer.
WHO DOES THIS?!?! ...SMH! A viral shows a woman licking a container of ice cream, then putting it back into a grocery store freezer. I mean really, that's just gross. I always think in these situations -- what would her mom say if she saw this?https://t.co/vm5IPzkWKO— Mel Orlins (@Mel_Orlins) July 2, 2019
In the video, her friend is heard instructing her saying, "Lick it, lick it. Ok put it back, put it back."The incident took place at a Walmart in Lufkin, Texas. The Lufkin Police Department refused to identify the accused woman however, they did inform that the girl and her boyfriend came forward and admitted to this act.
They also explained how difficult it was to identify the girl due to the existence of several catfish accounts impersonating the accused.
@ILoveBlueBell look at this heights of nastiness from this gal. Please start putting a plastic over the ice cream, so we can know if was tampered with. 🤢🤮 #bluebell #icecream #nastygal pic.twitter.com/LBchBb7OO2— Tamie Trouble (@TamieTrouble2) June 29, 2019
"It was actually the catfish and NOT our suspect who bragged on Instagram about the incident saying: “Yeah, I really did that. You can call it Flu Bell ice cream now ‘cause I was a lil sick last week. Repost yourself doing this. Let’s see if we can start an epidemic (literally)," revealed the authorities.
"We do not intend to pursue charges against her as an “adult” and therefore what happens from here is at the discretion of the juvenile justice system," said the officials further adding, "We cannot speak for them as to what charge she will face in the juvenile justice system. As to whether her boyfriend will face charges, we are currently discussing his involvement with prosecutors."
Food tampering isn't a felony in all states, however. ... In New York, altering or contaminating food with “intent to cause physical injury” or “instill in another a fear [of] physical injury” is a Class A misdemeanor as long as the risk posed is relatively minor— Nesenda (@Nesenda) June 29, 2019
While there are still others out there who are ready to stoop to this disgusting level and stir panic among the general public, there are others who have decided to do something a little more effective.
According to ABC 13, employees working at the Corpus Christi store posted an image of their fellow worker, Ruben, guarding the ice cream freezer with a plastic water gun. The Facebook post which is now deleted read: We're guarding our Blue Bell ice cream for your weekend party, what a great way to cool down in the Hot Texas heat!
And he's not the only protecting these delicate freezers, the Bellaire Police Officer’s Association posted a picture of their officers securing the ice cream packed fridge on July 6. While the proper measures are being taken to secure these places, Walmart has taken the decision to remove the half gallon Blue Bell Tin Roof from its shelves just to be safe.