You scream; I scream; we all scream for ice cream. Summertime is frozen confection season, and ice cream is a strong favorite among cold treats. Now officials in Louisiana say they’ve had another apparent incident of criminal ice cream licking. . . . since it’s happening in the grocery store.
The Assumption Parish ( similar to a borough or county) Sheriff’s Office says a man posted an ice cream video of himself on Facebook. The video shows him opening a Blue Bell ice cream container, licking it, poking it with his finger, and putting it back on the shelf.
Tainting food and leaving it for someone else is rude and prideful. It’s definitely not “count[ing] others more significant than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3) It’s also against the law of the land. Officers charged 36-year-old Lenise Martin III with property tampering and posting criminal activity on Saturday.
Police Commander Lonny Cavalier says store management alerted his office to Martin’s actions. Deputies found Martin at the scene showing the sales clerk a receipt showing he bought the ice cream he licked. Deputies searched the freezer and confirmed the purchase—but still decided to move forward with the charges.
Earlier this month, a teen in Texas posted an online video showing the taking of ice cream from a Walmart freezer, removing the top to lick it, and then putting it back.
(Blue Bell ice cream rests on a grocery store shelf in Lawrence, Kansas. Delaware’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, overturned a judge’s dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit against one the country’s largest ice cream manufacturers involving a 2015 listeria outbreak that left three people dead and caused the company significant financial losses. AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)