Licking Crazy (July 17)

by Debbie Norrell, Lifestyles Editor

When I first saw the Facebook post of the lady in the grocery store licking the ice cream and then putting it back in the freezer compartment I said to myself, please let this be an isolated incident. According to CNN, the most well-publicized version of the #IceCreamChallenge happened late last month in a Walmart in Lufkin, Texas. A young woman, seen in a Twitter video that’s been viewed more than 11 million times, gleefully licked a half-gallon of Blue Bell Tin Roof ice cream before putting it back in the freezer. Police later identified a suspect and her boyfriend but said they won’t release names because she is a juvenile. “We do not intend to pursue charges against her as an ‘adult’ and therefore what happens from here is at the discretion of the juvenile justice system,” Lufkin Police said in a statement.

I think she should be treated as an adult. Expose her. This is insane. It makes you not want to buy things in the grocery store. I also saw someone take a swig of mouthwash and spit it back in the bottle. They posted this on social media as well. You might be asking yourself, what’s going on in the minds of people who do these things? It’s what impulsive teens and young adults do to get attention in the social media era, according to experts. “It’s just a plain old version of anti-social behavior,” said Susan Whitbourne, professor emerita in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “It is an anti-social act, and it’s outside the bounds of proper social behavior.”

Since the ice cream crime and the mouthwash caper, I have seen multiple posts of unsanitary acts. One person was licking a stack of taco shells in the back of the taco restaurant and one person was letting the soft serve ice cream run into his mouth. I could not tell what type of restaurant they were in but they were not at home.

So what does one do? I saw an interesting post where people are opening their ice cream from the bottom. I’m not sure what to do. I know that I will make sure that I am checking to see that seals have not been broken when I open new items fresh from the store. If it has been broken I will have to return the item immediately. The bigger problem is how to get people to stop doing crazy things. Or am I asking too much?

So here is another licking reported by CNN, a new version of the “licking” challenge grabbed the spotlight recently…a video appeared on social media of a young girl grabbing a tongue depressor from a dentist’s office in Jacksonville. The girl licked it and then put it back in the jar. Her mother, 30-year-old Cori Ward, admitted recording the video and posting it on Snapchat, authorities say. She was charged with a felony, tampering with a consumer product. She faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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