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The one-two punch of inflation and rising crime has led at least one store in New York City to lock its stock of spam in a plastic suitcase.
Shoppers, store employees and social media users expressed their disbelief after they discovered the $3.99 canned meat product under lock and key out of reach in a Duane Reade at the Port Authority bus depot in New York City, the New York Post reported.
“I’ve never seen that!” a cashier laughed as he cleared the spam from the plastic anti-theft cover.
“Some of these things are pretty ridiculous,” says Jenny Kenny, a 43-year-old city visitor from Kentucky, who says she knew about the crime spike in the city but still couldn’t believe there were “so many” items. in boxes.
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Other buyers wondered why Spam, along with $1.89 cans of Starkist tuna, was locked up and more expensive products like $5.49 cans of Amy’s Soup not.
“Caging spam is stupid — and a little offensive to the customers who would buy it,” said 46-year-old shopper Dennis Snow.
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Crime in New York City has risen in six of the seven major categories this year, and the New York Post reported that petty theft complaints are up 52% in the Port Authority district compared to last year.
“I don’t think they’re holding anything back,” a store clerk named Iggy said of the anti-theft cases. “It’s safety theatre. If you really needed it, you’d step on it.”
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Just days ago, Iggy’s suspicions seemed well founded when a man in a black tank top shot out of the store with a $38 electric razor after asking an employee to remove it from its plastic case.
In addition to the increase in crime, inflation pointed to 9.1% in June, which, according to the New York Post, has created a market for thieves to sell stolen discounted goods to cash-strapped consumers.
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Spam can still be found in many New York City locations without the plastic covering, including at Duane Reade locations near Times Square.
“This is where we lock ice,” said a West 44th Street employee Duane Reade.