Shopper arrested for licking $1,800 worth of groceries: Officials

A California woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly licking items inside a grocery store.

The City of South Lake Tahoe said in a statement that officers arrived at a Safeway amid reports of a woman licking groceries. A Safeway employee reportedly told responding officers that Jennifer Walker, 53, put multiple pieces of jewelry on her hands, licked them, and filled her cart with multiple pieces of merchandise.

Officers reportedly discovered Walker inside the store with a cart full of items. An investigation uncovered that she had no way of paying for the items — which were rendered unsellable due to cross-contamination.

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“We’ve had local contact with her, we’re familiar with her,” police Lieutenant Shannon Laney told ABC News, declining to disclose the nature of Walker’s previous run-ins with the law.

Walker was ultimately charged with felony vandalism. Officials said the contaminated items were valued at $1,800.

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[Featured image: Jennifer Walker/El Dorado County Jail]