Some pranks can go very, very wrong. Some pranks are also terribly stupid. And some pranks happen to strike the perfect balance between wrong and stupid. This is one of those times.
(Cue the Law & Order 'dun-dun').
A viral video has been making the internet rounds of a woman licking a tub of ice cream in a Wal-Mart grocery store and then putting the tub back into the freezer. The video has already been viewed more than 10 million times.
Immediately, the investigation into who the nefarious ice-cream licker was on; the ice cream manufacturer was informed, police were called, detectives were on the case.
Thankfully we can all rest easy now that Texas police have identified the woman.
You know something has gone viral when even Ice T has something to say about it:
But the story doesn't end there. Police are now saying the woman could face a second-degree felony charge of 'tampering with consumer products' that comes with a sentence of 2-20 years in prison. 20 years!
Oh, and the cherry on top is she also faces fines up to $14,239. All of this seems a tad excessive to me.
For those reading, see this educational tweet of how one should go about removing ice cream from a grocery store freezer.
I had to turn to Twitter to see exactly how I felt. Was I outraged, shocked or maybe just amused at the intensity of reactions?
It looks like it's mostly disgust, and we would tend to agree.
There were also quite a few tweets comparing the ice cream licker to Ariana Grande's donut licking episode a few years back.
That Ariana has always been a trendsetter.
There was also a lot of people who were more perplexed than anything else.
If there's anything we can take away from this criminal case, is just to remember that if you do the crime, you have to do the time.
A woman in Texas is now facing felony charges for licking ice cream from a tub in a Wal-Mart and then putting the tub back on the shelf. In addition to the potential 20 years of jail time for tampering with consumer products, she also faces fines up to $14,239.