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A 15-year-old boy in Texas was arrested for spitting into a bottle of Arizona Iced Tea and putting it back on the shelf.
Odessa police were sent to an Albertson's grocery store on Monday night after the boy was seen putting the drink to his lips and placing it back, News West 9 reported.
The teen said he told a police officer that he took a sip but set it down because it was "gross."
He was charged with tampering with a consumer product, a second degree felony, and is being held at the Ector County Youth Center.
A spokesperson for United Family, the parent company to Albertsons, said they take the "safety of our guests and the integrity of our products very seriously."
"We remind our guests to always check their products to ensure safety seals are intact and the item has not been compromised," the statement read. "If they notice anything suspicious, they should alert store management immediately and return the product for a full refund."
The arrest comes amid a growing trend of people tampering with products in viral videos.
A San Antonio teenage girl was arrested earlier this month after posting a video of herself on Twitter licking a tub of Blue Bell ice cream in a Texas Walmart that has received millions of views.
A Louisiana man was arrested shortly after for making a copycat video.