A woman who was recorded giggling with delight while licking ice cream at a Texas Walmart before putting the container back into a store freezer could possibly face 20 years behind bars for the act, police say.
The woman featured in the footage has not yet been identified publicly, but the video of her licking the ice cream has gone viral. It shows her opening up a container of Blue Bell ice cream as the person filming eggs her on, encouraging her to “lick it, lick it.”
She then runs her tongue across the ice cream as the male voice recording tells her to “put it back.” She closes up the ice cream and puts it back in the freezer in the store, which has been identified as being a Lufkin, Texas Walmart. The woman laughs with excitement.
“The video hit social media June 28, launching an investigation that led from Walmart stores in San Antonio to Houston and eventually Lufkin,” police in Lufkin wrote on Wednesday.
That same day, police claimed to have identified the woman in the video after "detectives had obtained surveillance video placing a woman matching the suspect description in the Lufkin store on June 28 around 11 p.m.” She lives in the area with a boyfriend, police believe. They will verify her identity before putting out an official arrest warrant.
She could face a second-degree felony charge of tampering with a consumer product, the Lufkin police department told NBC News. That specific charge could result in up to 20 years behind bars, according to Texas state penal code.
Police in Lufkin are also looking to talk to the man who recorded the ice cream-licking incident.
Blue Bell has removed all half-gallons of “Tin Roof” product from that store as a result of the viral video. They called the woman’s actions a "malicious act of food tampering.”
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