NYC drug store put $3.99 tins of SPAM in theft-proof cases as crime wave continues to grip Big Apple

Spam-a-lock! NYC drug store puts $3.99 tins of SPAM and $3.49 tins of HAM in theft-proof cases as crime wave grips Big Apple

  • One 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 this is not a city-wide policy or one maintained by every Duane Reade in the city, other products are often locked up at other locations
  • One employee at the Duane Reade in Times Square on West 44th Street said that they lock up ice cream
  • Many blame everything from 9.1 percent inflation to a spike in crime of 37 percent across the Big Apple
  • Some found it amusing or even insulting that the cheap cans of Spam and Starkist Tuna would be protected
  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams has promised New Yorkers time and time again that he will crack down on crime and even ran his election campaign on it

With robberies up nearly 40 percent in New York City, it’s perhaps no surprise that a local pharmacy has taken the extreme steps of locking up cases of Spam.

Twitter user Willy Staley noticed the tins of $3.99 processed sealed meat in a theft-proof plastic container at the Duane Reade inside the Port Authority bus depot in Midtown Manhattan – known as one of New York’s grimiest areas.

Staley also found a $3.49 tin of Celebrity ham, which retails for a similar price, protected with the same measure.

The New York Post caught one shopper who remarked: ‘I’ve never seen that before’ while laughing at the anti-theft measure.

While this is not a city-wide policy or one maintained by every Duane Reade in the city, other products are often locked up at other locations.

One employee at the Duane Reade in Times Square on West 44th Street said that they lock up ice cream.

The area is a mecca for vagrants, sparking speculation that ready-to-eat items have been locked away because they’re a popular target for thieves.

One 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.

One 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 percent inflation to a spike in crime of 37 percent across the Big Apple – as well as the aforementioned issues with homelessness, which have grown worse since COVID hit the USA.

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 cans of Spam and Starkist Tuna would be protected.

An employee at one of the pharmacies derided the practice as ‘security theater’ and suggested that ‘if you really needed it, you would stomp on it’, citing a man who managed to make off with an electric razor worth $38 despite the casing.

Overall, crime and robbery are up a shocking 39 and 36 percent respectively in the Big Apple, according to NYPD’s latest data, published on July 27.

Incidents involving shootings, however, have decreased by nearly six percent compared to the same time period last year.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has promised New Yorkers time and time again that he will crack down on crime and even ran his election campaign on it.

‘We’re going to turn this crime thing around, and when we do so, people are going to really see the progress we’ve made in other parts of the city,’ he said earlier this month.

He also went on to blame the city’s criminal justice system for the increase in violence.

‘It is unfortunate the climate we’re working under … where the entire criminal-justice apparatus has turned away from the public and the rights of the public to live safe in their city,’ he said. ‘We took almost 3,800 guns off the streets, and many of the people who had carried those guns were able to return to the streets.’

Crime has skyrocketed in New York City over the past couple of years.  So far this year, crime is up 36 percent compared to the same time last year

Crime has skyrocketed in New York City over the past couple of years. So far this year, crime is up 36 percent compared to the same time last year

The Supreme Court also struck down NYC’s gun laws last month, overturning a 108-year-old law that required New Yorkers to have a ‘proper cause’ to carry a concealed weapon.

The 6-3 ruling reversed a lower court’s opinion, which had upheld the law restricting licenses to carry concealed weapons in public only to those demonstrating ‘proper cause.’

Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the majority opinion, writing that the New York law prevented law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights.

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