Workers at the Century Drive Walmart store in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, noticed a strange yellow puddle by the potato bin around 10 p.m. on the night of July 24.
They went to take a look at the surveillance video and were shocked at what they saw. 20-year-old Grace Brown turned herself in and will face charges, police said Tuesday.
As described by Chief Anthony Topolnak of the West Mifflin police, “She pulls down her pants, squats, sits there, does her thing, pulls up her pants and leaves.” His opinion, after talking to the young woman and her attorney, is that Brown “thought it was a toilet.”
There is a big difference between what Brown did and the what happened with the “ice cream licker.” The ice cream girl was obviously looking for attention. Customers mentioned in media reports that this is so far out of the ordinary that it indicates a much deeper issue.
“That’s really gross; it’s like gross. Why do it? She must be ill or something,” declared Tai Rid Wan. “She might need some help in some way,” agrees customer Katie McGinley.
Chief Topolnak backs that up. “This was not a stunt. It was not an attempt to be a viral internet sensation. She has no malicious ill will toward Walmart. This was just a young lady who made some poor decisions.”
It seems that Grace has an alcohol problem. She was previously arrested for driving under the influence while still a minor. That explains why she is most likely going to be charged with public drunkenness, along with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and open lewdness.
Topolnak is happy to note that Ms. Brown is “taking steps to address any issues she might have and hopes to put the incident behind her.”
The Chief noted that it didn’t help that the potatoes were kept in a “floor-level” bin. Of course, consumer advocates will use that observation to blame Walmart, claiming the corporation should have seen it coming and prevented it.
“The safety of our customers is a top priority for us,” the corporation assures in a public statement. “This type of obscene conduct is outrageous and we immediately disposed of the affected products and sanitized the area to ensure its cleanliness and safety for our customers. We’re working with the West Mifflin Police Department to find the responsible party and have them prosecuted.”
The Walmart employees cleaned up the mess and got rid of the contaminated potatoes right away, but weren’t able to get a cop to come investigate until the next morning. When officers reviewed the videos, it didn’t take long for them to identify a suspect.
When her likeness went viral, Brown decided to do the right thing and turn herself in. Her mother wore a furious look on her face, but accompanied her daughter to the police station for emotional support, along with a lawyer to help straighten things out.
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“She’s embarrassed,” attorney Casey White admits. “Clearly, she doesn’t want to see herself portrayed in that light.” He calls the incident a huge mistake. “She’s a young woman that made a mistake, but she’s going to address whatever issues she may or may not have. She’s going to move forward.”
White emphasized the positives. “She’s a young lady that has a full-time job. She’s a high school graduate. She’s working to make her life better.”
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office will have the final say on what specific charges will be filed.