A man who was jailed for two days and vilified online for licking a tub of ice cream in a supermarket has released a video to clear his call.
Lenise Martin III, 36, was arrested after posting a video of himself licking and poking the bath before apparently setting it back within the freezer.
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What the viral video doesn’t display is that he had already paid for the ice cream and did now not truly leave the bathtub inside the chiller.
According to a receipt supplied by means of Martin, the ice cream turned into bought at 1.22pm on July 6 and the video changed into shot at 1.24pm on the equal day. He claims the video circulated on social media cuts off earlier than he can be seen disposing of the tub – and has now launched an extended version to clean his call.
Martin said: “I had already paid for the ice cream and the store clerk stated I could get for $eleven, so I went returned to the freezer to take a glance. We notion it might be humorous to shoot a video that made it look like I became tampering with the ice cream then putting it back on the shelf, however it became my ice cream and I in no way placed it again into the freezer.
“The uncut video indicates that I took it out. It become just a spur of the instant component. I by no means sold a 2nd bathtub of ice cream.”
The incident occurred at Big B’s store in Belle Rose, Louisiana, on July 6 and he turned into arrested later that day.
He become firstly charged with crook mischief and “illegal posting of crook activity for notoriety and exposure” however changed into launched on the morning of July 8 after the expenses have been dropped.
“The police held me for two days until, I bet, they watched the shop’s surveillance footage, which shows me buying the ice cream, going back to the freezer after which leaving with the bath of ice cream that I’d already paid for,” he said.
“I never placed it back in the freezer. I didn’t touch something else inside the grocery store after that, we simply left. I nevertheless have the ice cream at home.”
Martin, a DJ who performs at weddings, other unique events and nightclubs, says he has been abused on line as a result of the video and wants to set the record directly.
“That deceptive video is all over the internet and my recognition has been ruined,” he said. “So many information outlets have published this false story. My name is all over CNN, The New York Times, everywhere.
“I’m getting a lot of racist abuse online from a lot of these individuals who don’t realize the fact. “I ought to clean my name. I even have children. I didn’t do whatever wrong.”
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