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.
you bitches with no oral hygiene could take a hint pic.twitter.com/IaMOC1caid
— Bameron Nicole Smith (@bameronkaii) July 3, 2019
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.
omw to the fourth festivities with my new bestie 💖✨ thanks for 11 million pic.twitter.com/Z8ylFElcgW
— Bameron Nicole Smith (@bameronkaii) July 5, 2019
i love ice cream and mouthwash :) pic.twitter.com/sHVkpLPxkt
— Bameron Nicole Smith (@bameronkaii) July 4, 2019
Attention-seeking stunt or not, the video was regarded in the same light as the ice cream incident.
This is clearly staged, why is that the only bottle without a seal? Regardless all these consumer product and food tampering videos aren't cute and I hope you all get hit with felonies.
— Ross (@queer_hellenic) July 3, 2019
That girl who licked the ice cream caught a felony, I hope this person does tbh
— Tbird and 104 others (@Tbird_559) July 3, 2019
Hey, @SanJosePD .... I think you should have a look at this! Thank you.
— Midnight Boy🌙🐺 (@MidnightIsBack) July 3, 2019
I don’t care if it’s staged this shit is still nasty and the fact that people are ok with doing this just for attention is some type of sickness
— valerie complex (@ValerieComplex) July 4, 2019
Also, kids who don’t realize it’s staged are gonna see this and end up doing it for real.
— Nicole 👽🌈 Marie (@politicalnicole) July 4, 2019
You’ll have fun in jail.
— Jona Trismegistrus (@jonathanmqzl) July 5, 2019
— John Adams (@John_S_Adams) July 5, 2019
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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