What Teenagers Risk With “Devious Licks”

Tik Tok is a very popular social media app that almost every teenager is familiar with. There are many trends that go on, influenced through this app including: dances, fashion, music, and most recently stealing. This trend to be exact is called the “Devious Lick”. This is where you steal something from the school [examples from Tik Tok videos are Sinks, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers, and even a toilet] and one tries to get it out of the school successfully. Although many teens find this trend funny, not only does this trend cause damage to the school, but it also puts anyone who participates in trouble. Now this kind of trouble is not like detention, or ALP, but this is serious trouble. Jail time, and fines are involved.


Tennessee Laws on Misdemeanor and Felony Theft and Shoplifting (Tenn. Code §§ 39-14-105, 40-35-111 (2020).)


Class A Misdemeanor Theft

Theft constitutes a Class A misdemeanor if the stolen property or services has a value of $1,000 or less. In such a case, the offender faces penalties of up to 11 months and 29 days of incarceration and a $2,500 fine.


Class E Felony Theft

A person commits a Class E felony when the value of the stolen property or services involved is more than $1,000 but less than $2,500. The punishment for a Class E felony includes imprisonment for one to six years and a $3,000 fine.

Class D Felony Theft

Theft becomes a Class D felony if the value of the property or services stolen is at least $2,500 but less than $10,000. A Class D felony carries two to 12 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.


Class C Felony Theft

Stealing property or services valued at $10,000 or more but less than $60,000 results in a Class C felony. A guilty person is subject to three to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.


Class B Felony Theft

An offender is guilty of a Class B felony when the value of the stolen property or services is $60,000 or more but less than $250,000. The defendant faces eight to 30 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.


Class A Felony Theft

A person commits a Class A felony if the value of the stolen property or services is $250,000 or more. Such an offense is punishable by 15 to 60 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Example of the "devious lick" found on Tik Tok
Example of the "devious lick" found on Tik Tok


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