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“Blue Bell Licker” Identified by Police

Food items that were tampered with are easy to identify with broken seals or damaged containers. However, one cannot say the same for ice cream cartons which lack an extra layer of protection. Someone took advantage of this fact.

In a video posted to Twitter last week, a young woman is seen grabbing a half-gallon tub of "Tin Roof" Blue Bell Creameries ice cream from a Lufkin, Texas, Walmart freezer aisle, removing the lid and tonguing the top of the ice cream. She places the lid back on and laughs while returning the contaminated dessert to the shelf where another customer could presumably buy it.


Thankfully, police identified who this woman was.

Jessica Pebsworth, a spokesperson with the Lufkin police, told NPR on Friday that the young woman the department is calling the "Blue Bell licker" is actually a juvenile from San Antonio. Under state law, a juvenile is considered anyone under the age of 17. Police are not releasing her name publicly because she is a minor.
Police said she is connected to the area through her older boyfriend's family. And after confronting the two, officials called them both "forthcoming with what occurred and admitted to the act."
After the video surfaced online, Blue Bell Creameries said this type of incident would not be tolerated, adding that food safety is its top priority. The ice cream company called for all of its division managers to help identify the store from the clip.

(Image Credit: @BlindDensetsu/ Twitter)

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