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Man arrested for licking ice cream, inspired by original ‘Blue Bell licker’

The man even showed police a receipt to prove he purchased the contaminated tub.


Eilish O'Sullivan

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 9, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 9:03 am CDT

A Louisana man was arrested on Saturday for opening a tub of ice cream and licking its contents in a store.

The 36-year-old man, Lenise Lloyd Martin III, was allegedly trying to copy the original “Blue Bell licker” for a viral challenge. He posted a video of himself licking the ice cream on Facebook, which is why he is being charged with “unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity.”

Police officers were responding to a complaint from witnesses in the store who allegedly saw what Martin did. Martin even showed police a receipt proving that he allegedly purchased the contaminated tub, which authorities could not find upon searching the freezer.

“We do know that he paid for a container that was identical to the one that he did lick and we could not find it on the shelf,” Commander Lonny Cavalier of the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office told WBRZ.

But Martin was still charged with one count of “criminal mischief for tampering with property” he had not yet purchased.

The original “Blue Bell licker,” who kicked off the challenge, is a 17-year-old from San Antonio, Texas. The teen can be seen in a now-viral video opening a tub of Tin Roof-flavored Blue Bell ice cream, licking it, and then putting it back on the store shelf for another unsuspecting customer to purchase.

Her minor status is why she is no longer facing the felony charge she was once rumored to be facing. The case is now in the hands of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.


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*First Published: Jul 9, 2019, 4:53 pm CDT