UNITED STATES – It is not far from rekindling the emotion that had aroused in the United States the case of donuts licked by music star Ariana Grande in 2015. A young American was arrested on Friday, July 5 in Texas for appearing in a video posted on social media, opening a jar of ice in a supermarket and licking its container before putting it back in a freezer.
The pictures provoked a wave of outrage across the Atlantic and pushed the police to leave in search of this young woman. She is under the age of 17, which makes her a minor under Texas law. Originally from San Antonio, she was last week in Lufkin, about 500 km away, because her boyfriend and family live there.
"What kind of psychopath should be?"
This is where the images that were worth this arrest were filmed and exposed to prosecution. In this short video posted on Twitter on June 28, and seen millions of times, the young woman opens a jar of ice (from the brand Blue Bell) in a supermarket Walmart, licks the top of the pot before resting as if de nothing was in his freezer.
"What kind of psychopath does it take to do that ?!"
On social networks, outraged reactions have multiplied, highlighting the health risks of such an act. "It's not funny," says one user. "I do not know what shocks me the most: the fact that it is disgusting to do that, or that it is stupid to let someone film it and post this video," says another.
The Blue Bell brand was also indicted in this case, criticized for the lack of plastic film between the lid of its ice pots and the product. This story "illustrates why many people do not buy Blue Bell products. They are not protected, "wrote a user on Twitter.
In a statement, the brand describes the incident as "a malicious act of food degradation". She explains that "during production (ice cream), the 1.89 L jars are returned and sent to a freezing room where the ice freezes onto the lid, creating a natural seal. The lids are firmly frozen and glued to the carton. Any attempt to open the pot should be noticed by consumers.
All pots identical to the one shown in the video were removed from the shelves of Lufkin's store as soon as the video was identified.
His boyfriend could be sued
Lufkin police said Wednesday they identified the young woman through video surveillance images. "The appropriate charges will be brought against her," said Lufkin Public Security Officer Gerald Williamson. "Consumer safety is our biggest concern. In this respect, we are pleased to see that the products have been removed from the freezers, "he added.
Degradation of a consumer product can lead to a sentence of two to 20 years in prison and up to a $ 10,000 fine, according to the Texas Penal Code. But because this young woman is a minor, the charges against her "will depend on the goodwill of juvenile justice," Lufkin police said in a statement.
Her companion, whom we hear in the video encourage her and say "lick her, lick her", is for her adult. He could also be sued.
The case inspired another Walmart store, located in the city of Corpus Christi, 250 kilometers from San Antonio. The supermarket posted on Facebook a photo (now deleted) of one of its employees, Ruben, posted in front of the ice cream freezer Blue Bell armed with a water gun to monitor the products.
"The Corpus Christi Walmart is not kidding. They posted this photo of a guard armed with a (water) gun to protect the Blue Bell ice from potential leakers "
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