James actually calls out the unnamed girl on Twitter. And let's talk about the 20-year prison sentence. Is it really fair?
7 July 2019 by Fachana Techamaneewat
A video of a girl taking an ice cream tub out of a store’s freezer and licking it before putting it back in the freezer has gone viral on social media.
And it's received over 12 million views on Twitter alone.
What's the purpose of the video? Well, to get views and likes, something that people tend to strive for as a measurement for measuring social media success.
Despite this inappropriate behaviour though, it, unfortunately, works as these types of videos does tend to successfully rope in a ridiculous amount of views.
Uh, anyone remember the 'Tide Pod Challenge'? It was a massive trend last year where a lot of kid or teenagers would record themselves 'eating' the dangerous detergent.
And what does James Charles have to do with this?
Well, when popular beauty YouTuber, James Charles saw the video, he immediately tweeted this out:
It's actually good when celebrities call out negative behaviour since it helps to spread the word that they don't condone this type of behaviour.
Especially as James has over 3.8 million followers on Twitter.
And his fans agree with him.
When the authorities caught wind of this video, they announced that they'd find the culprit and stated that they would charge her for 'second-degree food tampering' - a charge that can get up to a whopping 20 years in prison.
Not only that, but they also stated that they'd also be looking for the male who accompanied the girl as his voice can clearly be heard encouraging her by saying "lick it, lick it."
And don't worry. You won't be buying 'licked' ice cream. The store in question swiftly got rid of all of the brand of ice cream that the girl can be seen licking and reassured the public that they do not believe the contaminated ice cream tub had been sold.
The girl was finally caught last Friday, but because she was underaged, the police have not released any details.
And because she's underaged, they've also decided not to pursue her case and will hand her over to the Juvenile Justice system to decide her appropriate sentencing.
How did the public react to the viral video?
Although a few people started to copy the ice cream licking trend with the hashtag '#icecreamchallenge', the majority posted their own videos that show them buying the actual ice cream instead of licking it.
Other people used humour to react to the situation with tweets such as:
(Attached is an image of someone cutting off the top part of the ice cream tub).
(Attached is a clip of someone ignoring the front row of ice cream tubs and grabbing the very last one in the back).
(Attached is an image of products locked behind a glass case at a supermarket).
However, others are pretty annoyed at the whole trend and say that this will have a negative impact on the ice cream industry.
Of course, many brands do sell ice cream tubs that have a plastic sleeve covering the top of the ice cream, so it’s possible that that’s the step the ice cream makers will take from this forth on.
But with this being said, what about when waiters spit in your food? It’s been an ongoing worry for customers who are afraid of being rude to their waiters in case they receive this treatment.
And no, it's not a joke because it actually has been confirmed that waiters do indeed engage in this behaviour as it has been confirmed by many ex-waiters.
In fact, there has been academic research into this topic by Baylor University and the University of Houston, and it reported that 6% of respondents admitted that they had contaminated their customers’ food in some way, including spitting into customers’ drinks or food.
What does this mean for them? After all, it sounds worse than licking ice cream since spitting involves much more saliva.
And some people have even compared licking an ice cream to sharing a dip of guacamole at a party.
Not only that, but in this article by Eugene Volokh, a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, the question is asked about whether or not the girl in the video could actually be charged for second-degree food tampering under the Texas law (the incident took place in Texas).
He explains that the law states that ‘second-degree food tampering’, means to ‘alter or add a foreign substance to a consumer product to make it probable that the consumer product will cause serious bodily injury'.
With this being said, it doesn't seem likely that the consumer will receive a serious bodily injury if they consumed the contaminated ice cream.
Of course, this is all speculation, and it remains the judge's decision about what the appropriate sentence should be.
Fachana Techamaneewat is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is responsible for researching and writing news articles while providing story updates wherever necessary.
Fun fact: On the weekends, she's an avid writer for practically anything. Her current obsession is the Umbrella Academy, and as of now, is writing a book.