Most shoplifted item in America

What is the most shoplifted item in America in 2005? Meat.

Of all the things people could shoplift, meat would not have been my first guess.

Meatlifting is a grave problem for food retailers: According to the Food Marketing Institute, meat was the most shoplifted item in America’s grocery stores in 2005. (It barely edged out analgesics and was a few percentage points ahead of razor blades and baby formula.)


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  1. Meat?

    Man, I would never have guessed that.

    Although, I heard a story last week about a guy getting caught sneaking a salami out in his pants, but I thought he was some crazy weirdo. It’s disturbing to hear that he’s in the shoplifting majority. :)

    Comment by mckay on January 22, 2007 @ 9:26 am
  2. No kidding. I wouldn’t have guessed any of the top items. (razor blades and baby formula?) I heard of a guy stealing a live lobster by hiding in in his pants, with hilarious (and painful) results. If it’s still alive, would that still count as meat?

    Comment by dan on January 22, 2007 @ 9:32 am
  3. I can def understand the baby formula. Just a can of the good stuff is $30+.

    Comment by Chad on January 22, 2007 @ 7:03 pm
  4. Heh, good point. I remember the first time I bought a can of formula. I was shocked. But in my mind the stereotypical shoplifter (which could be way off) doesn’t have kids.

    Comment by dan on January 22, 2007 @ 8:10 pm

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