A Texas man will spend 30 days in jail after he filmed himself licking a tub of ice cream at a local supermarket before placing it back on the shelf as part of a social media “joke.” D’Adrien Anderson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief for the August 2019 stunt and hopefully has learned his lesson.
- Apparently, tainting food is funny. The 24-year-old filmed himself licking the tub of Blue Bell ice cream and putting it back for social media since apparently, doing something disgusting that affects other people and their health is one big joke. Social media has always been problematic, but it’s stuff like this that makes it downright terrible.
- To be fair, D’Adrien Anderson did later buy the ice cream. Anderson was caught in the act by store surveillance cameras, though the footage also showed that he later returned to the freezer and bought the offending tub of ice cream, the receipt for which he later presented to the police, BBC News reports. However, it’s unclear how he knew that he’d actually picked the same tub up that he’d licked, and that still doesn’t make it okay.
- Blue Bell was NOT happy. Obviously the company couldn’t take a chance of their supply being tainted, so they were forced to replace all the ice cream on display at the Port Arthur Walmart store. This cost the company $1,565, every penny of which Anderson will have to repay as part of his sentence. “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 – it is not,” a representative for Walmart said in a statement.
- D’Adrien Anderson has more than 30 days behind bars to contend with. He was also handed a six-month suspended sentence, 100 hours of community service, and the aforementioned Blue Bell restitution as well as a $1,000 fine. Was the attempt to go viral really worth a criminal record? I don’t think so.