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Teen Faces Felony Charges for Sipping AriZona Iced Tea and Putting It Back on the Shelf

Plus, Godiva is being sued for making its chocolate in the U.S., and more news to start your day


“Teens messing with food” is becoming its own true crime subgenre

Following the overblown outrage over a teen licking some ice cream then putting it back in the freezer at a Texas Walmart, another Texas teen has been locked up for reportedly drinking from a bottle of Arizona iced tea and putting it back on the shelf.

While the ice cream licking was filmed as a social media joke, the iced tea drinker was caught on surveillance camera at a grocery store in Odessa. He told police that he tasted it and put it back because it was “gross”. (Some reports also say he spit in the bottle). He probably should have been made to pay for the tea, but now he’ll likely be charged with tampering with a consumer product (a felony), and is being held in juvenile detention. Cool and reasonable, just like the rest of America’s legal system!

And in other news...

  • A Virginia man is suing chocolate company Godiva for false advertising for producing its chocolates in the U.S. He’s claiming that the packaging implies that the chocolates are made in Belgium due to the words “Belgian 1926” on it. [People]
  • Do blueberries belong in the same place as bacon and eggs? McDonald’s says yes, because it’s testing a blueberry McGriddle. [Delish]
  • A Hasidic man in Orlando is suing McDonald’s for religious discrimination, saying he was denied a job because of his beard — the man claims he offered to wear a beard net, but a McDonald’s manager still refused. [Newsweek]
  • It’s 11 a.m. and the Wall Street Journal is already drunk on the suggestion that you should drink wine for breakfast. [WSJ]
  • In a case of life imitating Portlandia, celery is very in right now, helped by celebrities like Kim Kardashian drinking it in juice form. [Bloomberg]
  • Eiffel Tower restaurant Le Jules Verne has finally reopened after a long battle waged by its former chef, Alain Ducasse. Ducasse (who was reportedly not super present at the restaurant) was pushed out in favor of chefs Frédéric Anton and Thierry Marx. [Guardian]
  • Who’s ordering all those fake meat burgers? Apparently it’s not really vegans, but so-called “flexitarians”, which is code for “people who eat meat but like, not all the time”. [Takeout]
  • Texas governor Greg Abbott has signed the controversial “Save Chick-fil-A” bill into law, and the whole event kind of looks like an ad for the chicken chain. [CBS]

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