Please step away from the ice cream. This CAN'T be the big trend of the summer.

There's been a run lately of people LICKING ice cream at a store then putting it back in the freezer.

They are now reports of some stores LOCKING their ice cream freezers so they're not the future victims.  There are various photos on Twitter from stores with locks on their freezers, with signs like "Please see employee for help."

If this seems a bit like deja vu, it's similar in a way to what happened during the Tide Pod Challenge . . . where some stores started locking up their Tide Pods to keep pranksters from buying and eating them.

In my experience all the ice cream that I have bought lately has a cellophane protective screen over it?

(Mashable)