In the photo, posted by the Fulshear Police Department, several gallon tubs of Blue Bell ice cream are seen secured by locking devices.
The mechanism keeps the lid from being easily removed, though it is not clear how much of an obstacle it would be for an individual determined to violate food.
Ice cream licking incidents caught the public’s attention earlier in July after a girl was caught on camera in Lufkin, Texas licking a Blue Bell ice cream gallon. There have since been copycats.
The post on the Fulshear Police Department’s social media pages sparked several reactions.
“Ty Blue Bell. We deserve to know our foods have not been violated by creepos,” one person wrote.
“I bought a container of hummus two days ago at Meijer and when I opened it, the plastic seal was gone,” wrote another. “I could see where it had been glued on but it wasn’t there. The whole carton went in the trash.”
“There is a new ‘thing’ (for lack of a better word) where kids are going into stores and licking food/spitting in it and putting it back on the shelf,” someone else explained.
“Sad that it comes to this,” another person commented.
Other Ice Cream Protection Measures
After several “ice cream licking” videos went viral and were met with horror by millions of people, some stores have taken drastic measures.
In one case, a teenager was seen licking a container of Blue Bell ice cream at a Walmart near San Antonio, Texas. A man in Louisiana was arrested after doing the same to a Blue Bell tub.
According to Mashable, citing several social media photos shot around the United States, some stores are taking extra measures to protect ice cream from potential tampering.
Those measures include displaying warning signs, security, a lock on the freezer door, and a button to call for an employee.
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) July 4, 2019
I can’t believe I live in a world where my ice cream is locked up?? pic.twitter.com/TfTusAxKBF
— s (@s0ntra) July 9, 2019
i went to buy ice cream at cvs and it was LOCKED. lmaooooo. i literally had to find someone to open it, then they locked it back up 💀
— nech (@whatitdoBBY) July 6, 2019
Another photo with a profane comment showed a lock around the freezer door with a sign that read, “Please see an employee for help.”
Wow.. what a time to live in a world where ice cream has to be locked up. Please someone take me to another planet 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/BsoLHBoecM
— Cherry X0 (@Cherry_X0) July 12, 2019
Notorious 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.
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.
— News 3 Now / Channel 3000 (@WISCTV_News3) July 6, 2019
“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 WVLA, which showed him smiling and holding the ice cream.
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.
Louisiana man faces charges after licking Blue Bell ice cream, putting it back in freezer (seriously) 👇
— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) July 8, 2019
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.