Man jailed for licking tub of ice cream and putting it back
A man who posted footage of himself licking ice cream from a tub in a Walmart store and then putting it back in the freezer has been sentenced to 30 days in jail, the NBC affiliate KBMT of Beaumont, Texas, reported on Wednesday.
D'Adrien Anderson, a 24-year-old Texas native, reportedly uploaded the video to Facebook in August last year and was charged with criminal mischief shortly after.This is the moment D'Adrien Anderson filmed himself licking a tub of ice cream before putting it straight back in the freezer:
Anderson pleaded guilty to the charge, and according to the BBC, was also handed a $1,000 fine, a six-month suspended sentence and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay $1,565 to the ice-cream company Blue Bell, which responded to the incident by restocking all the ice cream in the freezer as a precaution.
The punishments were doled out despite the fact that surveillance footage showed Anderson going back into the store to buy the tub when he'd finished filming.
"If food is tampered with, or a customer wants to leave the impression that they left behind adulterated product, we will move quickly with law enforcement to identify, apprehend, and prosecute those who think this is a joke," a Walmart representative said in a statement at the time, per Yahoo! News. "It is not."
The 24-year-old was one of a number of people who took part in the ice cream-licking trend on social media in 2019.
Last June, a video went viral of a woman, also from Texas, licking Blue Bell ice cream in a store. It was reported last year by the Independent that she faced up to 20 years in prison.