I think we’ve talked about this before, but washing detergent is being used as a street currency.
“Tide bottles,” Ben Paynter writes in this New York piece, “have become ad hoc street currency, with a 150-ounce bottle going for either $5 cash or $10 worth of weed or crack cocaine.” It’s a huge problem for stores. In fact, one Safeway in Maryland was losing $10,000 to $15,000 worth of Tide merchandise a month, and it seems the detergent spree has spread from Maryland to the rest of the United States.
The reason? Turns out Tide is really easy to steal, and it re-sells at a premium, so street entrepreneurs, who are always on the lookout for low risk/high reward steals, have taken to Tide. Now, that’s what I call brand loyalty.
Everybody needs to wash their clothes, so detergents become a universal barter. Also I wonder for all the bottles stolen, how many are bought using public assistance monies, for the express purpose of buying drugs.
h/t Mrs. Weer’d