Now that we know the identity of the person who posted video of herself licking an open tub of ice cream and then putting it back in a store freezer for someone else to buy, is a juvenile and not an adult, it appears she won’t face a maximum penalty of  20 years in prison for food tampering.  So, what should happen to this immature, disrespectful, germ-spreading criminal who held no regard for the health of others when she committed this crime.   Yes, this was a crime, not a prank and authorities in the Texas town where this happened, should view it as such.

Propelling the hideous crime, a second person, referred to as a “catfish used an Instagram handle similar to the suspect’s and began taking credit for the act.  A post of the video from the catfish account read, “Yeah, I really did that. You can call it Flu Bell ice cream now ’cause I was a lil sick last week. Repost yourself doing this. Let’s see if we can start an epidemic (literally).”

And it didn’t stop there!  A 36-year-old man in Louisiana thought he’d partake in the challenge and posted video of himself doing the same.  When authorities came to call, he provided a receipt for the ice cream, stating he had purchased it.  He was arrested anyway, apparently Louisiana has a law that prohibits the posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity.  Interesting.

And how many of you heard of the Florida woman who is on an ice cream store surveillance video tampering with, yes, the ice cream?  Exposing the creamy delight to her bodily fluids and germs!  The store had to close for five days to disinfect the store and make more ice cream.

Back to the teenager who, egged on and taped in the act by her boyfriend, thought it was entertaining and funny to put her tongue on ice cream that others might buy, how do you address the punishment for her crime?  She needs to see the financial harm she caused to an ice cream company and perhaps the ice cream industry.  The most fitting punishment for her and her copycat offenders would be to pay for the loss and harm to the companies that were victims of these acts and to be heavily fined.

And then, can we just ban her and her copycatters from the use of social media and the internet? They’ve lost their privileges, in my mind.