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More Teenage Product Tampering

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 5:37 pm

[Headlines from DRJ]

First there was the Licker in Lufkin and then the Texas tea spitter. Now it is the Indiana spitters:

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A disturbing trend of food tampering in stores has hit central Indiana with a video showing two teens spitting into soda bottles.

Brittney Edwards posted the video to her Facebook page after she said a girl her daughter follows on Instagram posted it. Edwards said her daughter goes to school with one of the girls in the video. The video has been shared more than 50 times and viewed by more than 2,000. Dozens of people have commented on it. Some call it disturbing, even stomach-turning.

The video shows two teens taking soda bottles from a store cooler. They open the bottles, spit in them, replace the caps and put the bottles back on the cooler rack.

Adults are joining in, too.


12 Responses to “More Teenage Product Tampering”

  1. Isn’t product tampering a felony?

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  2. According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police, what the teens are seen doing is considered consumer product tampering, a level 6 felony under Indiana law.

    It is also a possible federal felony (18 U.S. Code § 1365) depending on how a court views the danger of spit.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  3. The Texas cases may have been treated as felonies, but we don’t know any outcomes because they are juveniles so the legal proceedings are not made public. If they don’t have records, the charges will probably be pled down.

    DRJ (15874d)

  4. I’m tellin’ ‘ya, lock these teens in a room full of fifty cases of tamper-proof, Bayer aspirin with the kid-proof caps and tell them they can’t get out until they manage to open every one without smashing the containers and they’ll be there until they’re 21, easy.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  5. Lose Christ, lose the values that comes with Him.

    NJRob (ade73a)

  6. This seems like teenagers who crave attention, even if it is only for a few minutes on the internet.

    DRJ (15874d)

  7. I hope some real time in a real jail will end this.

    Paul Montagu (e70a29)

  8. I don’t disagree DRJ, but do you think that a lack of Christian values and instead being replaced with impulsiveness and narcissism have something to do with it?

    NJRob (4d595c)

  9. I agree values are very important for us all — especially teens, as are parenting and peers, churches and schools, structure and discipline. But being impulsive and self-centered is part of being a teenager, and sometimes all the value things can’t overcome the teenage things.

    DRJ (15874d)

  10. If I had to blame one thing, I would look at peer pressure. Teens care about getting noticed by their peers, and they have since I was a teen a long time ago.

    DRJ (15874d)

  11. Most products, like water, ice tea or soda bottles, come with tamper-proof tops. So, if you don’t have to break the seal, it’s a good indication the product has been tampered with.

    Blue Bell ice cream doesn’t come with this protection, as it’s sold in cartons, the lids of which have no seals.

    I don’t get what is going on with this apparent trend in food/beverage tampering, licking ice cream, spitting in bottles and putting them back on shelves. It’s so stupid and disgusting. Moreover, this is how diseases spread, through contaminated products.

    However, I would point out that we had this case down here just a few years ago, the Great Fajita Robbery. This guy was working at the Cameron County juvenile detention center, and he set up a scam. He would order fajitas, later also sausages, beef, chicken, and pork products, to be delivered to the detention center, sign for them and charge the county; then he would take the products and sell them to various restaurants at discount prices. He set up his own meat delivery service across the Rio Grande Valley and made over $1 million.

    One day, he called in sick and didn’t show up for work. So when the delivery man arrived with an order of fajitas, sausages, beef, chicken, and pork, the lady who was subbing for him was somewhat confused. “We don’t have any of these items on our menu,” she said. That’s how he got busted. His scheme had been exposed.

    He was arrested and confessed to his crime. The judge sentenced him to fifty years in prison. Are you kidding me? Rapists, murderers, and drug dealers don’t get sentences like that. They might get sentences like twenty-five to life, without parole, or the death penalty in more heinous cases, but they don’t get sentenced for fifty years. Apparently, fajita theft is a much more serious crime.

    Or maybe it was abuse of taxpayer dollars, whatever, howbeit. Anyway, the point is this guy wasn’t tampering with food. He simply found a way for the county to pay for meat products that he could sell to restaurants. Corrupt as it is, it’s actually quite ingenious. He could have kept running this scam for decades, and making a lot of money, if he hadn’t called in sick one day.

    He was sentenced to fifty years in prison. Think about that. Fifty years in prison, for fajita robbery. (We take fajitas very seriously in South Texas.) He wasn’t distributing contaminated food; he never licked or spit on anything then put it back on the shelf. He did illegally steal from taxpayers to fund his little meat distribution scheme though, and I guess that’s a worse crime than rape, murder and drug dealing, human trafficking, sex crimes.

    Ask yourself, which is the greater crime? Robbing from taxpayers or contaminating food? Which deserves the more severe penalty?

    The county can recover all of its lost funds by seizing this criminal’s assets and accounts. Contaminated food affects thousands. And if disease spreads as a result, millions.

    I say, throw the book at these delinquents. Fifty years sounds like a good sentence to me.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  12. I won’t even post on this one.

    DRJ (15874d)

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