Video shows woman licking a tub of ice cream then putting it back in supermarket freezer
After footage emerged of a woman licking a tub of ice cream before placing it back in the supermarket freezer, the brand of said product, Blue Bell, announced that they were working with police to find the culprit.
The now-viral clip was posted to Twitter by a user with the handle Optimus Primal and has since accumulated a staggering 11 million views.
"What kinda psychopathic behavior is this?!" they write alongside the clip. It remains unclear how the Twitter user who initially posted the video came across it.
It shows a young woman removing the lid from the tub of ice cream, licking it and then immediately returning it to the freezer before shrieking with laughter.
In another disgusting moment caught on camera, this man slurped soup directly from the ladle at a supermarket salad bar:
A male voice - presumably that of the person filming the incident - can be heard off-camera encouraging the woman to lick the product, which happened to be the brand's limited edition Tin Roof flavor: vanilla ice cream with a chocolate fudge swirl and roasted peanuts dipped in dark chocolate.
Unsurprisingly, the clip sparked a great deal of outrage and a number of Twitter users felt compelled to share their disgust.
Blue Bell have since released a statement on their website, informing their customers that they are taking the incident very seriously.
"We want to thank our consumers for alerting us to the incident this past weekend of a video posted to social media showing a Blue Bell item being tampered with. We take this issue very seriously and are currently working with law enforcement, retail partners and social media platforms.
This type of incident will not be tolerated. Food safety is a top priority, and we work hard to provide a safe product and maintain the highest level of confidence from our consumers.
During production, our half gallons are flipped upside down and sent to a hardening room where the ice cream freezes to the lid creating a natural seal. The lids are frozen tightly to the carton. Any attempt at opening the product should be noticeable. We will continue to monitor this situation."
Now, it has emerged that the suspect has been identified after "detectives had obtained surveillance video placing a woman matching the suspect description in the Lufkin store on June 28 around 11 pm."
Once they have verified her identity, an arrest warrant will be issued. Police also want to speak with the man who encouraged her to lick the ice cream.
The suspect now faces a second-degree felony charge of tampering with a consumer product, the Lufkin police department revealed in a statement to NBC News. Based on the Texas state penal code, the charge could result in a two to 20-year prison sentence and up to $10,000 in fines.
This will certainly make you think twice about getting that tub of ice cream for your next Netflix binge.