It is no secret that the cost of just about everything has been skyrocketing.
Speaking anecdotally, a good, one-pound ribeye costs me about 50 percent more than it used to. For Americans like me, who are used to getting their food at a reasonable price and quantity, this has not been an enjoyable experience.
According to WFSB-TV, a handful of unknown thieves in Oxford, Connecticut, were seen filling multiple shopping carts with goods, walking out of the store without paying for said goods and loading the goods up into SUVs, which are believed to be stolen.
You can see a video of the crime below. It is absolutely bonkers:
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Multiple people seen walking out of an #Oxford grocery store yesterday morning with shopping carts full of items they didn’t pay for… Details from police -> https://t.co/tfNcZLgwZC pic.twitter.com/CKlsdfMCNY
— WFSB Channel 3 (@WFSBnews) November 10, 2021
Police were not called until roughly 10 minutes after the video was shot. As such, the suspects were able to get away.
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“Had 911 been contacted in a timely manner, police personnel would have been able to attempt to intercept those involved. We would like to remind everyone to stay vigilant and not to engage with people like this when a crime is occurring,” the local police department said in a press release.
The public’s reaction to such brazen thievery can be summarized as angry and frustrated, but unsurprised:
No plates? Dozens of gallons of laundry detergent? This wasn’t someone stealing dinner for their family; this is organized criminal activity.
— Jason D Weinstein (@JasonDWeinstein) November 10, 2021
If this keeps happening, the stores are just eventually going to close and move somewhere else. They are a business, why would a business choose to continue to operate in an area where this is allowed? Then people will complain that they are in a grocery desert.
— David (@DaveTexasTech) November 12, 2021
Sign’s of the times…unfortunate but this is hyperinflation at the wheel. Even changes HONEST PEOPLE!
— Uncle Fester (@UncleFe01509011) November 10, 2021
A couple of Twitter users connected the thefts with some of the Democratic Party’s policies:
— nichols (@bradynichols85) November 10, 2021
Defund the police!! 🤡
— themikedrop (@notacrankychef) November 10, 2021
If the Biden administration keeps ignoring the inflation problem, incidents like this will only continue. These types of precarious economic positions don’t happen in America, and bad actors will do whatever it takes to exploit the situation.
Hopefully, the supply chain recovers soon. Otherwise, we will have empty shelves for an entirely different reason.