After pleading guilty to a single count of food tampering, The Blue Bell Ice Cream Licker was sentenced to 30 days of cleaning public toilets with her tongue. Upon hearing the sentence, The Licker was reported to have violently vomited all over defense counsel’s table.
Judge Hamilton Gray rebuked the defendant and delivered a strong warning to any other would be lickers: “Some may find the punishment harsh, but I have no choice other than to make an example of you. Let it be known that violating the public’s trust by licking, spitting, breathing, poking, or any other manner of contaminating edible supermarket items will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly and severely. You can begin your sentence right away by cleaning up this mess you made. Go on, start licking.”
Human rights organizations immediately criticized the sentence, citing it as cruel and unusual punishment. Prosecutors, however, praised the Judge’s decision, claiming that the current licking epidemic has the potential to spur a complete breakdown of societal standards of trust and decency. Victims groups expressed mixed feelings, pointing out that the defendant will simply go from contaminating grocery items to contaminating public restrooms.
As they left the courtroom, reporters overheard The Licker berating her defense team. “This is barbaric! You said I’d probably only get 20 years!” The Licker shouted.