UPDATE: Wolfee Donuts has now been downgraded by Riverside County's Department of Environmental Health from an "A" rating to a "B" rating following the apparent licking incident with Ariana Grande. After receiving a complaint, the department visited the shop on Wednesday for a routine visit, and found some violations, including not protecting food from contact with the public. The shop has one week to make the corrections, but will not be closed as a result.
Somebody's going to pay for those licked donuts, but it probably won't be Ariana Grande.
After security footage was released by TMZ
showing the 22-year-old singer licking donuts
while claiming she hates America and kissing her backup dancer, the Wolfee Donut shop in Lake Elsinore, California is being investigated by the police and the Environmental Health Department.
The reason being that unsuspecting patrons may have bought and eaten these licked donuts. Not only that, Grande is also seen spitting on the tray of desserts.
A spokesperson for the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health told The Associated Press that the agency is looking into why the donuts were left out unprotected and exposed to the public in the first place. This is in violation of food laws.
That being said, the investigators added that they found no further issues with the establishment when they showed up on Wednesday.
"During the investigation, the manager did state they normally don't leave donuts out like was shown in the video," spokeswoman Dottie Ellis-Merki told AP. "The employee went to the back to retrieve freshly made donuts by request of the customer [Grande] and left the trays out while getting other trays."
In the video, Grande is heard saying in response to the baker bringing out freshly baked donuts, "What the f**k is that? I hate Americans. I hate America. That's disgusting."
"I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I've always made it clear that I love my country," she said in a statement
to ET. "What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words."