You know those food samples that grocery stores hand out to shoppers? Think twice the next time you’re offered free samples, especially if they’re not packaged.
Some female shoppers in a grocery store in Albuquerque, New Mexico, found out why.
The Daily Mail reports, March 2, 2012, that Anthony Garcia, 32, a former worker at a supermarket in Albuquerque, is sentenced to two years imprisonment for handing out samples of semen-contaminated yogurt to female shoppers.
The face of malice: Anthony Garcia
Garcia admitted adding the bodily fluid to yogurt while working at the grocery store. He then approached a female customer and offered her a sample of the yogurt. The customer accepted the sample, tasted it, immediately spat it out, and asked to speak to the store’s manager. Garcia threw the yogurt sample into the store’s trash compactor but was apprehended by police.
In court, Garcia admitted to charges of adulterating food and making false statements during a criminal investigation. He admitted lying to investigators by telling them he didn’t know that the spoon he put into the yogurt contained semen.
The incident happened in January last year. Police investigation revealed that Garcia had targeted at least four other women in a similar way.
Along with the jail term, Garcia will be on supervised release for three years after completing his sentence. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim of his criminal conduct.
In imposing sentence, the judge described Garcia’s conduct as “heinous”. US Attorney Gonzales said: “This conduct at issue in this case is not a joke, and it is not funny. It is criminal, and the sentence imposed on Garcia should serve as a warning to those who deliberately adulterate food for the purpose of causing harm to innocent consumers, or as malicious pranks, or for deviant sexual gratification. My Office will continue to work with the FDA to vigorously investigate and prosecute this type of criminal conduct.”
What kind of a sick mind gets his jollies by feeding his semen to unsuspecting women?