Brittney Edwards posted the video to her Facebook page after seeing the video, WTHR reported on July 23. Edwards said her daughter attends school with a girl in the clip.
The video shows the teens taking bottles from the cooler inside the store, which was not named. They then open the bottles, spit in them, place the caps back on, and then place the bottles in the cooler.
A central Indiana mother is “disgusted” by the video she saw on Instagram, showing two teen girls spitting into soda bottles and putting them back in a local store’s cooler. https://t.co/Qrb91RVyoM
— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) July 24, 2019
“I’m like ‘Are they spitting in there?'” said Edwards. “When I first saw it, it just made me disgusted because I’m pregnant,” she added.
Edwards said that she doesn’t understand why they would do something so vile.
“I don’t know what’s in kids’ minds these days, but that’s not right at all,” she told WTHR, which is based in Indianapolis.
— 10TV.com (@10TV) July 25, 2019
The identity of the teens was not disclosed.
A number of social media users expressed disgust by the stunt.
“Very sickening and disgusting,” one person wrote.
A second said that “we can’t even grocery shop now.”
“Parents, put your phones away and pay attention to your kids. Make them get jobs and raise better people. Mine aren’t perfect but they wouldn’t do this because there would be consequences,” one man added.
Edwards said that it’s not only disgusting, but also potentially dangerous.
“At the end of the day, somebody could [get] sick, horribly sick. Hospitalized,” she told WTHR. “It don’t matter. That’s worse than E-coli to me.”
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police said that the teens carried out consumer product tampering, which is a felony in Indiana, 10TV reported.
Ice Cream Incidents
A Louisiana man was arrested after licking a tub of Blue Bell ice cream before putting the container back, apparently in a copycat attempt of a similar viral video.
Louisiana man faces charges after licking Blue Bell ice cream, putting it back in freezer (seriously) 👇
— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) July 8, 2019
The video shows the man, identified in news reports as Lenise Martin III, licking the ice cream at a supermarket in Louisiana. Two children were reportedly nearby.
Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Martin on July 6, reported WAFB.
“It was a joke with no criminal intent or activity … but I was locked up with murderers and real criminals on [maximum] security,” said Martin in an interview with the WVLA, which showed him smiling and holding the ice cream.
— News 3 Now / Channel 3000 (@WISCTV_News3) July 6, 2019
Days before that, police located and identified a teen from Texas who licked ice cream at Walmart before putting it back. The video of the incident went viral, drawing horror from people on social media. “You foul,” says a voice off-camera in the clip.
The teen’s name was not revealed by police as she is a juvenile, CBS News reported on July 5, adding that detectives have spoken with the suspect. They won’t be releasing her name to the public because she is a minor.