Watch: Crime-Rotten NYC Stores Forced To Seal Food Items

By Pamela Glass | Monday, 01 August 2022 05:15
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It’s the country's crises in a can.

Inflation and crime have gotten so bad in Gotham that even cheap meat like Spam has to be locked up.

At Duane Reade’s store in the Port Authority bus depot, the shelf-stable product — only $3.99 a can — is now being stocked in plastic, anti-theft cases.

“I’ve never seen that before!” one cashier giggled while using a magnet to extract a can of Spam from its cage.

The cashier was among the employees, tourists and store regulars amazed that the iconic blue-and-yellow cans are now being kept under lock-and-key — some even poking fun at the sight as “a sort of Jeff Koons homage,” per one viral tweet.

Jenny Kenny, 43, who was visiting from Louisville, KY, was aware of the continuous crime waves hitting cities like New York and San Francisco, but still couldn’t believe the sight of “so many things in boxes.”

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“Some of these things are pretty ridiculous,” she announced.

As prices and crime skyrocket, New York City stores have taken to locking up staples like toothpaste and soap to prevent crooks from stealing and then hawking the products on the sidewalk or online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay.

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But some shoppers were confused why Spam, along with $1.89 cans of StarKist tuna, was held under plastic, while pricier foodstuffs like $5.49 cans of Amy’s soup sat unencumbered.

“To put Spam in a cage is stupid — and kind of insulting to the customers that would buy it,” announced shopper Dennis Snow, 46.

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Snow stated he doesn’t believe Spam is being stolen to “sell it for crack,” but instead because the homeless in the region are looking for a quick and easy meal.

“Someone is stealing this because they need it,” agreed Delia Kemph, a 28-year-old teacher.

Employees at the store announced thefts have been surging over the past two-plus years, with one estimating a minimum of four shoplifters every evening shift.

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“I don’t think they stop anything,” Iggy, 21, a store clerk, stated of the anti-theft cases. “It’s security theater. If you really needed it, you would stomp on it.”

The employee’s complaints were prescient: At roughly 7 p.m. on Thursday, a man in a black tank top and gray sweatpants had an employee unlock the glass case for a $38 electric razor, and then bolted with the appliance past a yellow-shirted security guard and out the door.

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With inflation out of control — the consumer price index increased 9.1 percent in June compared to a year ago, even as President Biden this week declined to acknowledge the country is in a recession despite the economy contracting two quarters in a row — emboldened thieves have found a ready market for discounted stolen goods among recession-weary consumers.

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