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The punch of inflation and rising crime has caused at least one New York store to encase its spammy inventory in a plastic case.
Shoppers, store workers and social media users expressed disbelief after discovering the $3.99 canned meat product out of reach behind the lock and key in a Duane Reade inside the depot New York Port Authority bus station, the The New York Post reported.
“I’ve never seen this before!” a cashier laughed as he removed Spam from his plastic anti-theft liner.
“Some of this stuff is pretty ridiculous,” said Jenny Kenny, a 43-year-old Kentucky visitor who says she knew about the city’s crime spike but still couldn’t believe it. there were “so many” items in boxes.
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Other shoppers wondered why the spam, as well as the $1.89 Starkist Tuna cans, were boxed in while more expensive products like Amy’s $5.49 cans of soup weren’t. .
“Putting spam in a cage is stupid — and a little insulting to customers who would buy it,” said Dennis Snow, a 46-year-old marketer.
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Crime in New York is up this year in six of seven major categories, and the New York Post reported that petty theft complaints are up 52% in the Port Authority compound compared to last year.
“I don’t think they’re stopping anything,” a store clerk named Iggy said of the burglary business. “It’s a theater of security. If you really needed it, you’d trample it.”
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Just days ago, Iggy’s suspicions seemed well-founded when a man in a black tank top walked out of the store with a $38 electric razor after asking an employee to remove it from the plastic case.
In addition to the increase in crime, inflation dope to 9.1% in June, which the New York Post said created a market for thieves to sell stolen goods at discounted prices to cash-strapped consumers.
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Spam can still be found in many places in New York without the plastic cover, including Duane Reade locations near Times Square.
“Here, we lock up the ice cream,” said a West 44th Street employee Duane Reade.