People usually dip chips in their salsa, but a man from Marysville, Tennessee had another idea.
Howard Matthew Webb, age 31, put his testicles into the salsa container of a low-tipping customer he delivered to last month, according to local authorities. Maryville police arrested Webb on Friday on a charge of “adulteration of food, liquids or pharmaceuticals,” a Class C felony.
A woman ordered the salsa on January 12th from a local Mexican restaurant through the online delivery service Dinner Delivered. According to the general manager, Aliyah Wilson, Webb was the passenger of an independent contractor who worked for the service.
After the driver and Webb picked up the food from the restaurant, they recorded a video of what appears to be Webb dipping his huevos in the customer’s salsa, according to the arrest warrant.
“Webb produced a video showing Webb placing his testicles in a salsa container and (the driver) is heard laughing and stating, ‘This is what you get when you give an 89-cent tip for an almost 30-minute drive,” Maryville Police Department investigator Rod Fernandez wrote in the warrant.
“Webb is heard saying, ‘Oh, oh, it feels good …’
Maryville police opened an investigation after Dinner Delivered sent the department the video clip of Webb’s actions. According to Maryville Chief of Police, Tony Crisp, the driver, has not been charged but the investigation is still ongoing.
Webb was not affiliated with the delivery service or the restaurant, Crisp said. It’s unclear why he was in the vehicle.
The driver had worked for Dinner Delivered since November. She is now out of a job and “will never drive for Dinner Delivered again,” Wilson said
The delivery company, which serves parts of East Tennessee and North Georgia, issued a refund for the order and found no evidence that anyone else’s food had been tampered with, Wilson said.
Webb, who had been jailed in lieu of $45,000 bond, appeared in Blount County General Sessions Court on Tuesday morning. His preliminary hearing was set for March 12.
If convicted of the Class C felony — a jury would have to find he did the deed with the intent to cause “bodily injury” to another — Webb could face a sentence of three to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
This case gives a whole new meaning to the phrase that’s a “spicy meatball.”