Twitter rages at 'disgusting' Walmart customer who gargled with Listerine and spit it back into container

Elise Solé
A Walmart customer took a swig of Listerine mouthwash, gargled, and spit it back in the bottle in a viral video. (Screenshot: Twitter/bameronkaii)
A Walmart customer took a swig of Listerine mouthwash, gargled, and spit it back in the bottle in a viral video. (Screenshot: Twitter/bameronkaii)

Video of a Walmart shopper who opened a bottle of Listerine, gargled, and spit the liquid back into the container is being questioned as a social media scam.

In a Wednesday video, Twitter user “Bameron Nicole Smith” of San Jose, Calif., walks through the oral care aisle of Walmart saying, “Girl, it has been one musty f***ing morning.” Smith takes a Listerine bottle from the shelf, opens it, takes a swig and gargles, spitting the contents back inside.

“Mmm, nice and minty and fresh. Thank you guys,” Smith says, and saunters off.

But many viewers said the ease at which Smith opened the container — seemingly without breaking the safety seal — suggested the footage was a spoof. Last week, a teen in Lufkin, Texas opened a tube of “Tin Roof” Blue Bell ice cream at Walmart and licked the top before placing it back inside the freezer. On Friday, Lufkin police identified the woman as a teen from San Antonio and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department is handling the case.

In a Twitter photo, Smith posed with a bottle of Listerine, appearing to revel in the attention. Another photo shows Smith holding up receipts from CVS and Walmart, suggesting that the mouthwash was purchased.

Smith did not respond to an interview request from Yahoo Lifestyle.

Attention-seeking stunt or not, the video was regarded in the same light as the ice cream incident.

Walmart, Listerine, and a spokesperson from the San Jose Police Department did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s media requests.

A Walmart representative told the Daily Mail, “We are investigating this incident. If someone tampers with a product and leaves it on the shelf, we will work with law enforcement to identify and prosecute those found responsible to the fullest extent of the law.”

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