Spam is shutting down due to inflation in NYC

It’s the nation’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 the Duane Reade store in the Port Authority Bus Depot, the shelf-stable product—only $3.99 a box—is now stored in anti-theft plastic cans.

“I’ve never seen that before!” One of the cashiers laughed while using the magnet to remove a junk mailbox from his cage.

The cashier was among the staff, tourists, and shop clerks who were stunned that the iconic blue and yellow tins are now kept under lock and key—some even mocking the scene as “a kind of tribute to Jeff Koons,” For every single viral tweet.

Jenny Kinney, 43, who was visiting from Louisville, Kentucky, was aware of the constant crime waves hitting cities like New York and San Francisco, but still couldn’t believe the “many things in boxes” scene.

“Some of these things are very ridiculous,” she said.

With soaring prices and crime, New York City stores have taken to locking up staples like toothpaste and soap to prevent fraudsters from stealing and then selling products on the sidewalk or Online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay.

However, some shoppers were puzzled why spam, along with $1.89 cans of StarKist tuna, were placed under the plastic, while more expensive staples like $5.49 cans of Amy’s soup were not cumbersome.

Crate spam is stupid — and kind of insulting to customers who might buy it,” said 46-year-old shopper Dennis Snow.

Snow said he doesn’t think the spam is being stolen in order to “sell it for crack,” but rather because the homeless in the area are looking for a quick and easy meal.

SPAM is held in Duane Reade at the Port Authority.
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A shopper called closed SPAM
One shopper described closed SPAM as an “insult.”
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Delia Kempf, a 28-year-old teacher, agrees, “Someone is stealing this because they need it.”

Store employees said thefts have surged over the past two years, with one estimating at least four thieves each evening shift.

“I don’t think they’re stopping anything,” Iggy, 21, a store clerk, said of anti-theft issues. “It is a security theater. If you really need it, you will trample on it.”

The employee’s complaints were insightful: At about 7 p.m. Thursday, a man in a black T-shirt and gray sweatpants opened the glass case for a $38 electric shaver by an employee, and then slashed the device after a yellow-shirted security guard. outdoor.

With inflation spiraling out of control — the consumer price index rose 9.1 percent in June from a year ago, even as President Biden this week refused to admit that the nation is in recession despite the economy having contracted for two straight quarters — thieves have found the audacity of a ready market for discounted stolen goods. Among recession-weary consumers.

Seized goods are assumed to result from a rise in crime amid rising inflation.
Seized goods are assumed to result from a rise in crime amid rising inflation.
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Petty theft complaints for downtown New York City Southern, which include the Port Authority bus terminal, have risen 52 percent – to 1,771, as of July 24 – compared to the same period last year.

Hormel CEO Jim Snee He told analysts last month The prices of their old products are set to rise in late July to cover increased transportation, packaging and meat costs.

A spokeswoman for Walgreens, which owns Duane Reade, declined to explain why spam is locked at this particular location, and that anti-theft devices are installed “in response to theft data.”

Liz Tawfik, 57, a home health worker, has complained that the extra security measures are hampering the once-smooth shopping experience — and annoying customers like her.

Many customers find the closure annoying.
Many customers find the closure annoying.
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“If you’re going to catch a train, you want to get something fast, it’s not fast anymore,” she said. “You might also have someone take your order at the door and get you what you want.”

Not all drug stores have spam shutdowns.

Two other Duane Reades and CVS in the Times Square area, along with Rite Aid and CVS in central Harlem, sold cage-free spam boxes.

“Here, we’re booking ice cream,” said Daryl Sibin, 23, an employee of West 44th Street Duane Reade.