New York City drugstore put $3.99 in cans of SPAM in anti-theft cases as crime tide continues to grip the Big Apple

Spam in lock! New York City drugstore places $3.99 SPAM and $3.49 HAM boxes in anti-theft cases as crime wave takes hold of the Big Apple

  • One Twitter user noted this policy, whereby the meat substitute is sealed in a plastic container at Duane Reade inside the Port Authority’s bus depot
  • While this is not a citywide policy or one that is maintained by every Duane Reade in town, other products are often locked out in other locations.
  • An employee at Duane Reade in Times Square on West 44th Street said they’re holding ice cream
  • Many blame everything from 9.1 percent inflation to a 37 percent spike in crime across the Big Apple.
  • Some have found it amusing or even offensive that cheap cans of Spam and Starkist Tuna will be protected
  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams repeatedly promised New Yorkers that he would tackle crime and even campaigned on it.

With burglaries up nearly 40 percent in New York City, it’s perhaps not surprising that a local pharmacy has taken the extreme steps to shut down spam cases.

Twitter user Willie Staley noticed $3.99 cans of cured meat sealed in a burglar-proof plastic container at Duane Reade inside the Port Authority’s bus depot in midtown Manhattan — known to be one of New York’s bleakest areas.

Staley also found a $3.49 can of his famous ham, which sells for a similar price, protected by the same procedure.

The New York Post caught a shopper saying, “I’ve never seen that before” while laughing at anti-theft measures.

While this is not a citywide policy or one that is maintained by every Duane Reade in town, other products are often closed in other locations.

An employee at Duane Reade in Times Square on West 44th Street said they’re holding up the ice cream.

The area is a mecca for vagrants, prompting speculation that ready-to-eat items have been locked up because they are a common target for thieves.

One Twitter user noticed the new policy, whereby a meat substitute that sells for $3.99 in a plastic container at Duane Reade is locked inside the Port Authority's bus depot.

One Twitter user noticed the new policy, whereby a meat substitute that sells for $3.99 in a plastic container at Duane Reade is locked inside the Port Authority’s bus depot.

Many blame everything from 9.1 per cent inflation to 37 per cent high crime rates across the Big Apple – as well as the aforementioned problems with homelessness, which have worsened since the coronavirus hit the USA.

Jenny Kinney, 43, was visiting from Kentucky and told Fox News she couldn’t believe the amount of items booked.

Others have found it amusing or even offensive that the cheap cans of Spam and Starkist Tuna will be protected.

A pharmacy employee mocked the practice as “security theatre” and suggested that “if you really need it, you’ll trample on it,” citing a man who managed to grab a $38 electric shaver despite the cover.

Overall, crime and theft are up 39% and 36%, respectively, in the Big Apple, according to the latest NYPD data, published on July 27.

However, shootings are down about six percent compared to the same period last year.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has repeatedly promised New Yorkers that he will tackle crime and even campaign on it.

“We’re going to reverse this crime, and when we do that, people will really 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 the climate in which we operate … as the entire criminal justice system has distanced itself from the public and the rights of the public to live safely in their city,” he said. “We removed approximately 3,800 guns from the streets, and many of the people who carried those guns were able to return to the streets.”

Crime rates have risen in New York City over the past two years.  So far this year, crime is up 36 percent compared to the same period last year

Crime rates have risen in New York City over the past two years. So far this year, crime is up 36 percent compared to the same period last year

The Supreme Court also struck down New York City’s gun laws last month, striking down a 108-year-old law requiring New Yorkers to have a ‘proper reason’ 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 places to those who showed “good cause.”

Justice Clarence Thomas provided the majority view, writing that New York law prevents law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights.

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