New York City store locks spam in plastic suitcase amid crime spike

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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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Close-up of cans of spam

Close-up of cans of spam
(Photo by: Newscast/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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.

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