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A Google search led to an interesting conclusion I already suspected. The Tylenol murders in 1982, & subsequent "Tylenol Bill" in 1983 making it a federal offense to tamper with consumer goods, is the reason why the clout chaser who licked ice cream caught a felony. Let's discuss
First about the Tylenol murders: Life in the unregulated 80s was scary af.

Now about the subsequent bill introduced and passed by both houses in Congress. upi.com/Archives/1983/…
If you don't feel like reading here are the most important parts.
Here is the language of the bill itself and the subsequent US code it created
Meaning that though the bill was created to combat things like tampering with medicine, the language is comprehensive enough to cover food like ice cream. Also meaning those jokes about restaurant workers spitting in your food is also a felony.
Those murders are what inspired companies across most industries to put tamper proof seals on their consumer goods and put messages on the packaging that says if the seal is broken don't use it.
Which brings us to Bluebell. Unlike many other ice cream companies, BB DOES NOT put a seal on their ice cream. That's how young clout chase was able to lick the ice cream in the store so easily. Yesterday we saw that the company itself got involved
Now you're probably wondering, why would a whole corporation get involved in an internet prank?

Bc this simple viral prank could affect their sales. One of the most frequent questions I saw since the prank was why does Blue Bell ice cream not have a seal to protect against this?
And if the wider consumer community thinks that at any time their ice cream could've been messed with, when there are plenty of other products with safety seals they could buy, that's now a competitive disadvantage and PR disaster, for Blue Bell.
So working with authorities to track this young lady down and punish her to the full extent of the law is a part if their crisis communications plan to save face and get ahead of the issue similar to what Tylenol had to do in the 80s when folks were worried about dying.
Now what does this mean for that young lady?
As if tampering with the product by just being nasty and putting your spot on it wasnt enough, this was the caption she put with it.
She literally admitted that her goal was to cause widespread illness. Putting her square within the limitations of the federal anti tampering law, not even mentioning that many states have their own law. Even if it was a joke, she dug herself deep with those few words.
Let's look at the law again and what she said 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️
And unfortunately even if she claims it was all a joke and she shows proof she bought the ice cream after the video, that makes no difference where the law is concerned. Bc that would fall under either threatened tampering or a false claim of tampering
Meaning there is no LOL JKing her way out of this. Now as for punishment? I doubt she'll see jail time bc she didn't actually kill or injure anyone. Most likely she'll be hit with a HEFTY fine if anything that her parents will pay. They're the ones she gotta be worried about.
If Blue Bell goes OD & decides to prove injury to their reputation as a result of this, it will be even worse bc at that point the FBI can get involved.

I guarantee that girl didn't think a little prank could throw her life a curve ball this big. But she did want to go viral 🤷🏽‍♀️
Moral: Please, young folks, the clout is not worth it and neither is doing any and everything to get it. It's not. I feel for that young lady bc this spun wayyyyy left based on laws from long before she was even born. Some small actions have VERY steep consequences.
Adding this to the thread: Wise advice from an actual ESQ.
Update: How Blue Bell is currently dealing with the fallout. A message on their website and copy/paste social media replies while their PR department no doubt tries to figure out a longer term damage control plan.
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