Teen Accused Of Spitting In Arizona Iced Tea Charged With A Felony

By Bill Galluccio

July 19, 2019

A 15-year-old from Texas is in serious trouble after he allegedly spit in a bottle of Arizona Iced Tea and placed it back on the shelf. An employee at Albertsons Market saw the teen open the drink, put his mouth on it, and then place it back on the shelf. The store's asset protection manager called the police and confronted the teen, who admitted to tampering with the drink.

When the police arrived, the boy admitted that he took a sip from the bottle and put it back because it tasted "gross." He was taken into custody and brought to the Ector County Youth Center. He was charged with tampering with a consumer product, which is a second-degree felony.

United Family, which operates the Albertsons Market, issued a statement saying that it was the first time they had an incident with food tampering and told shoppers to double-check the safety seals on any food products they buy.

"We take the safety of our guests and the integrity of our products very seriously. The product tampering on Monday was the first incident reported in our company and came with second-degree felony charges against the juvenile accused of this crime. We appreciate the vigilance of our asset protection team. Anyone caught tampering with products in our stores will be reported to the police for prosecution. We remind our guests to always check their products to ensure safety seals are intact and the item has not been compromised. If they notice anything suspicious, they should alert store management immediately and return the product for a full refund."

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