Spam lock! New York drugstore puts $3.99 of SPAM boxes and $3.49 of HAM in anti-theft cases as crime wave grips Big Apple
- A Twitter user noticed the policy, where the meat substitute is sealed in a plastic container at the Duane Reade inside the Port Authority Bus Depot
- While not a citywide policy or a policy upheld by every Duane Reade in town, other products are often locked up in other places.
- An employee of the Duane Reade in Times Square on West 44th Street said he was locking up the ice cream
- Many blame everything from 9.1% inflation to a 37% crime spike in the Big Apple
- Some found it amusing or even insulting that the cheap boxes of Spam and Starkist Tuna were protected
- New York Mayor Eric Adams has repeatedly promised New Yorkers that he will crack down on crime and even ran his election campaign on it.
With thefts up nearly 40% in New York, it’s perhaps no surprise that a local pharmacy has taken extreme measures to lock down spam cases.
Twitter user Willy Staley noticed the $3.99 processed sealed cans of meat in a burglar-proof plastic container at the Duane Reade inside the Port Authority Bus Depot in Midtown Manhattan – known as one of New York’s most sinister neighborhoods.
Staley also found a $3.49 box of Celebrity ham, which sells for a similar price, protected by the same measure.
The New York Post caught a shopper who remarked, “I’ve never seen this before” mocking the anti-theft measure.
While it’s not a citywide policy or a policy upheld by every Duane Reade in town, other products are often locked up in other places.
An employee of the Duane Reade in Times Square on West 44th Street said they locked up ice cream.
The area is a mecca for vagabonds, sparking speculation that ready-to-eat items have been locked away because they are a popular target for thieves.
A Twitter user noticed the new policy, where the meat substitute that sells for $3.99 is sealed in a plastic container at the Duane Reade inside the Port Authority Bus Depot.
Many blame everything from 9.1% inflation to a 37% crime spike in the Big Apple – as well as the aforementioned issues with homelessness, which have worsened since COVID hit the US .
Jenny Kenny, 43, was visiting from Kentucky and told Fox News she couldn’t believe the amount of items locked away.
Others found it amusing or even insulting that the cheap Spam and Starkist Tuna boxes were protected.
An employee of one of the pharmacies called the practice ‘safety theatre’ and suggested that ‘if you really needed it, you would stomp on it’, quoting a man who managed to get away with an electric razor from worth $38 despite the case.
Overall crime and theft are up 39 and 36 percent respectively in the Big Apple, according to the latest NYPD data, released July 27.
However, incidents involving shootings were down almost 6% from the same period last year.
New York Mayor Eric Adams has repeatedly promised New Yorkers that he will crack down on crime and even ran his election campaign on it.
“We’re going to turn this crime problem around, and when we do, people are really going to see the progress we’ve made in other parts of the city,” he said earlier this month.
He also blamed the city’s criminal justice system for the increase in violence.
“It is unfortunate that the climate in which we work … where the entire criminal justice system has turned away from the public and the rights of the public to live safely in their city,” he said. “We removed nearly 3,800 guns from the streets and many people who carried these guns were able to return to the streets.”
Crime has skyrocketed in New York over the past two years. Since the start of the year, crime has increased by 36% compared to the same period last year
The Supreme Court also struck down New York’s gun laws last month, striking down a 108-year-old law that required New Yorkers to have “lawful cause” for carrying a concealed weapon.
The 6-3 ruling overturned a lower court’s opinion, which had upheld the law limiting licenses to carry weapons concealed in public only to those who showed “good cause.”
Judge Clarence Thomas expressed the majority opinion, writing that New York law prevented law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights.
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