A man has been jailed for taking part in a craze that saw people licking ice cream and putting it back in supermarket freezers.
D’Adrien Anderson, 24, was given a 30-day prison sentence after he posted a video of himself removing the container from a freezer at Walmart in Port Arthur, Texas, licking the top then putting it back on the shelf, in August last year.
He has also been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and give $1,565 in compensation to Blue Bell Creameries for the cost of replacing all the products in the freezer which they removed as a precaution.
Security cameras from inside the supermarket revealed that he later removed the ice cream again and paid for it, but that was not in his social media post.
The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said: ‘Anderson’s actions caused public concerns about the safety and quality of consumer products offered for public consumption, impacted Blue Bell consumer confidence and caused the company financial loss. This type of activity will not be tolerated.’
Walmart added: ‘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.’
In July a woman was warned she faced a 20-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $10,000 for a similar prank in Lufkin, Texas.
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