A man was arrested after he licked tub of Blue Bell ice cream in a store. The incident happened in Louisiana's Assumption Parish. The man decided to attempt the offence which has been making the news recently.
In a video that emerged, the 36-year old offender Lenise Martin was seen peeling off the lid on the Blue Bell ice-cream container and taking two licks before sticking his finger in the container and then placing it back in the fridge. Recently, videos are surfacing where 'copycats' have recorded themselves licking the Blue Bell ice-cream in stores and supermarkets. The increased number of videos came after a Texas juvenile did the same in June. The incident led to a police investigation after the video of the first act garnered over 13 million views on Twitter. Here's the original video:
And here's Martin's video that was shared across the platform. Martin can be seen happily committing the offence without paying heed to passerbys:
Martin's crime has led to his arrest in Assumption Parish, west of New Orleans. He was charged with criminal mischief and unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity, jail records show, and he was held on bond over the weekend. Authorities have put forward possibilities that Martin engaged in this act after being inspired by other videos making rounds on social media. Martin was the third person to have gone viral after someone decided to tamper the Blue Bell ice-cream on purpose.
Meanwhile, Blue Bell has identified the Walmart store where the juvenile licked the half-gallon tub of a Tin Roof ice-cream. Blue Bell has cited the act as 'malicious act of food tampering'. Ever since, the company removed all the half-gallon Tin Roof variants from the store. Doctors have warned that saliva may contain rhinovirus, the flu, hepatitis B and C and Type-1 herpes, among other viruses and bacteria, according to a Cleveland Clinic. In 2015, three deaths linked to a listeria outbreak in Blue Bell ice cream led to a full product recall.