Law enforcement officials have identified and interviewed the woman who was recorded licking ice cream and then returning the tub to a supermarket freezer.
The viral video posted on Twitter on Jun. 29 shows the young woman licking Blue Bell ice cream while the person recording the video goads her on.
Twitter users expressed their horror at the unsanitary act. On Jul. 1, Blue Bell thanked consumers for alerting the company of the tampering.
“We take this issue very seriously and are currently working with the appropriate authorities,” the company said in a statement.
Hello! We want to thank our consumers for alerting us to the recent food tampering incident. We take this issue very seriously and are currently working with the appropriate authorities. For more information, please click here: https://t.co/Uampapt2l8
— Blue Bell Ice Cream (@ILoveBlueBell) July 1, 2019
Dubbed the “Blue Bell licker,” police in Lufkin, Texas, announced on Facebook on Friday that the suspect was identified as a juvenile from nearby San Antonio. Her boyfriend, an adult whose family hails from Lufkin, also admitted to his involvement.
The case is notable because another Instagram user — who was not the teenager in the video — claimed they were the one licking ice cream. Twitter users began sharing a screenshot of @xx.asiaaa.xx’s comment bragging about the incident.
“You can call it Flu Bell ice cream now ‘cause I was a lil sick last week,” the catfish said. “Repost yourself doing this. Let’s see if we can start an epidemic (literally).”
Blue Bell identified the store’s location as a Walmart in Lufkin, based on “unique merchandising” sold in that specific store, according to BuzzFeed News. The company instructed store managers to remove all the half-gallon tubs of Blue Bell Tin Roof, and officials believe the contaminated container was not sold.
Because the suspect is a minor, her case will be turned over to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Police are “discussing” her boyfriend’s involvement to determine whether or not he’ll face charges.
Others are copying her gross ice cream moves, though. Larz, an influencer who claims he’s part of Jake Paul’s Team 10, posted a video of himself eating ice cream out of the carton with his hands and then placing it back on the store shelf. Jake Paul allegedly told another YouTuber, “He’s not on Team 10 nor do I know him.”
Although he later posted a video of a police officer questioning him, Larz doesn’t appear to be facing significant consequences.