- The woman who was filmed licking the top of a Blue Bell Tin Roof ice-cream tub and then returning it to a supermarket freezer could face up to 20 years in prison.
- The video of the “Lufkin Licker,” as she has been dubbed, went viral this week.
- The police in Lufkin, Texas, said the incident took place in a Walmart and that officers were working to confirm her identity and that of the person who filmed the video.
- The police said Blue Bell had removed all Tin Roof tubs from Walmart and thinks it has found the compromised product.
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The woman who was filmed licking the top of an ice cream tub and then returning it to a supermarket freezer could be facing up to 20 years in prison, the police in Lufkin, Texas, said.
The video went viral this week and has been viewed over 12 million times.
What kinda psychopathic behavior is this?! pic.twitter.com/T8AIdGpmuS
— Optimus Primal (@BlindDensetsu) June 29, 2019
The incident is believed to have taken place in a Walmart in Lufkin, leading to the woman being dubbed the “Lufkin Licker.”
The police said in a statement on Wednesday: “Our detectives are working to confirm the identity of the female suspect seen in a viral video of her licking a half-gallon of Blue Bell ‘Tin Roof’ ice cream in a Lufkin Walmart store around 11 p.m., June 28.
“Once her identity is verified, detectives will proceed with getting a warrant for her arrest on a charge of second-degree felony tampering with a consumer product.
“As that portion of the investigation continues, detectives are focusing on identifying the male (in the green shirt) behind the camera seen in images of the two entering the store together.”
The Texas penal code outlines that a second-degree felony charge of tampering with a consumer product has a penalty of two to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Another statement on the Lufkin Police Department’s Facebook page – shared alongside a security image thought to be of the woman and the person who filmed the video – said that Blue Bell had “retrieved what they believed to be the tainted container of ice cream.”
Gerald Williamson, Lufkin’s director of public safety, said in the statement: “Our biggest concern is consumer safety – in that regard we are glad to see the tainted product off the shelves.”
However, the incident has led to calls for Blue Bell to introduce protective seals on all its ice-cream tubs.