The Purloined Sirloin

Quick: What’s the most commonly shoplifted item in America? Batteries? Makeup? Candy? According to the Food Marketing Institute, it’s meat. Didn’t used to be. A couple years ago, meat took a back seat to cough medicines, which were often stolen by meth chefs. But when those medicines went behind the counter, meat was promoted to first place. So who’s lifting rib-eye? The occasional kleptomaniac, starving student, or dude on a dare, sure, but the bulk of beef is pilfered by house mums. Slate:

Though men and women shoplift in equal numbers, such aspirational meatlifters are most likely to be gainfully employed women between 35 and 54, according to a 2005 University of Florida study.

So apparently the practice is not only more widespread than I would have thought, but apparently commonly practiced by a demographic I would never have suspected. Which got me thinking: What percentage of Birdhouse readers are clandestine meat poachers?

Have you ever stolen meat?

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6 Replies to “The Purloined Sirloin”

  1. Sorry if comments were a bit broken there – Upgrading to WP 2.1 yesterday apparently broke a couple of plugins, which I’ve just updated. All is well now.

  2. Apparently FortuneCity deliberately breaks the URL if they don’t like the referrer. Why people use such crap is beyond me.

    Copy URL to clipboard, new tab, paste, enjoy. :)

  3. haha…but no-one answered yes :P
    btw mind if i put this article on my site too, will state where i got it from.

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