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(Some Guy)   To increase community goodwill, the Boston Police Department publishes their Daily Dose of Great Police Work. Today's entry? Catching dastardly baby formula thieves   (bpdnews.com) divider line 86
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2014-03-18 02:19:59 PM
I'm ok with this. I don't know what your problem is submitter. It's kinda obvious that they weren't stealing out of need since she's 52 years old as they stole over $250 worth. (Most likely to resell it.)
 
2014-03-18 02:26:08 PM
skreened.com
 
2014-03-18 03:27:08 PM

stpauler: I'm ok with this. I don't know what your problem is submitter. It's kinda obvious that they weren't stealing out of need since she's 52 years old as they stole over $250 worth. (Most likely to resell it.)


There are organized theft rings that steal huge amounts of baby formula and also Tide detergent for resale. This was a good catch by the Boston cops.
 
2014-03-18 03:30:42 PM

CruiserTwelve: stpauler: I'm ok with this. I don't know what your problem is submitter. It's kinda obvious that they weren't stealing out of need since she's 52 years old as they stole over $250 worth. (Most likely to resell it.)

There are organized theft rings that steal huge amounts of baby formula and also Tide detergent for resale. This was a good catch by the Boston cops.


I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest that "hiding baby formula under a hoodie" doesn't sound like the actions of an  organized theft ring.
 
2014-03-18 04:02:35 PM
I don't understand. Is the asinine tag for the cops who did their jobs or the drug-addled idiots stealing baby formula?
 
2014-03-18 04:03:04 PM
....isn't this what cops do?  Well, one of the things they do.
 
2014-03-18 04:03:41 PM
i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-03-18 04:04:56 PM
How dare they. People should just be able to take whatever they want off any store shelf for free, because things.
 
2014-03-18 04:05:26 PM
Seen lurking in the baby food aisle:

www.suprmchaos.com
 
2014-03-18 04:05:28 PM
I worked retail as a teenager and, yeah, people were always trying to boost the baby formula.
 
2014-03-18 04:06:52 PM
I'll chime in that baby formula theft isn't intended for it to be distributed to families in need directly. Along with diet pills, brand named razor blades, hair dye, or allergy pills for that matter, among many others. This isn't a Robin Hood type scenario. At one point I read a study that found 30 to 40 percent of what you get off the shelf at local carryouts can be stolen and redistributed. For a few years some big boxes started marking product with indelible ink  That and EAS tagging is labor intense and a lot of items are now off the marking list these days. As an anecdote, I did pick up a package of Tylenol on the corner once that had the Target bull's eye on it- they applied film with the logo that leeched into the cardboard and remains even if the tape is taken off. Labor intensity aside, they are turning to other methods to track products deeper in the logistics chain of distribution. There may be a point soon, if they don't, where they will be able to look in your medicine cabinet, scan a product, and know the date, time, other things purchased in the same transaction, and method of payment. Hell, my local megamart lets me look at every transaction I make in the store. It's not as detailed as they can see, but it's there. Now many big boxes have the ability to pull up small amounts of information from any transaction and the video pops up. This ability has allowed them to assist law enforcement to solve quite a few crimes (me, myself used it to solve a home invasion), but mostly it's an opportunity to increase sales.

/TL;DR - former Army MPI and former LP consultant that knows people steal stuff
 
2014-03-18 04:07:05 PM
In grocery stores here, most baby formula is kept in a separate cabinet, under lock and key.
 
2014-03-18 04:07:24 PM
you gotta be the corporation type of person to actually get the police to respond to a petty theft call, try calling the cops about your car or house being broken into and they will tell you to come down a fill out a report and then laugh at you if you ask if they are going to investigate.
 
2014-03-18 04:09:53 PM

Headso: you gotta be the corporation type of person to actually get the police to respond to a petty theft call, try calling the cops about your car or house being broken into and they will tell you to come down a fill out a report and then laugh at you if you ask if they are going to investigate.


Nooooow we are cooking with gas
 
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2014-03-18 04:10:26 PM

There's Always A Bloody Ghost: In grocery stores here, most baby formula is kept in a separate cabinet, under lock and key.


Yep. It didn't used to be that way, but around 1999, thieves figured out it was one of the higher-value items. Made it a pain in the ass to buy for parents.
 
2014-03-18 04:11:51 PM
Subby must not live in a big city
 
2014-03-18 04:12:54 PM

Theaetetus: I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest that "hiding baby formula under a hoodie" doesn't sound like the actions of an organized theft ring.


It is organized. Generally the boosters are the bottom of the food chain. If you question the chances of success that hiding merchandise under a hoodie or in a trash can or whatever is the ruse, stop and ask your cashier what is the capital of Topeka or some shiat like that next time you load up on smug.
 
2014-03-18 04:14:14 PM
I hope they beat the shiat out of them too!!!
 
2014-03-18 04:15:22 PM

stpauler: I'm ok with this. I don't know what your problem is submitter. It's kinda obvious that they weren't stealing out of need since she's 52 years old as they stole over $250 worth. (Most likely to resell it.)


I am too.

What's the difference what the specific items were anyway?
 
2014-03-18 04:15:33 PM

Theaetetus: CruiserTwelve: stpauler: I'm ok with this. I don't know what your problem is submitter. It's kinda obvious that they weren't stealing out of need since she's 52 years old as they stole over $250 worth. (Most likely to resell it.)

There are organized theft rings that steal huge amounts of baby formula and also Tide detergent for resale. This was a good catch by the Boston cops.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest that "hiding baby formula under a hoodie" doesn't sound like the actions of an  organized theft ring.


How do organized gangs hide shoplifted merch?  Active camouflage?
 
2014-03-18 04:15:45 PM
Perp?
images.wikia.com
/as easy as taking...
 
2014-03-18 04:16:01 PM
images.ukcs.net
FAT TONY!  You promised me dog or bettah!
 
2014-03-18 04:16:59 PM
OregonVet
It is organized. Generally the boosters are the bottom of the food chain. If you question the chances of success that hiding merchandise under a hoodie or in a trash can or whatever is the ruse, stop and ask your cashier what is the capital of Topeka or some shiat like that next time you load up on smug.

Isn't the capital of topeka the place where plane crash survivors are buried?
 
2014-03-18 04:17:55 PM
You'd think by 52 you'd already know that formula.
 
2014-03-18 04:18:36 PM

AteMyBrain: stpauler: I'm ok with this. I don't know what your problem is submitter. It's kinda obvious that they weren't stealing out of need since she's 52 years old as they stole over $250 worth. (Most likely to resell it.)

I am too.

What's the difference what the specific items were anyway?


I am guessing subby felt bad thinking the perps were stealing to feed a hungry baby
 
2014-03-18 04:19:59 PM
So subby, the cops are supposed to let people steal shiat? It was over $250, plus they had drugs on them.

I guess we should just let them continue to steal shiat though, so that you can get something greenlit about how Boston cops aren't doing their jobs, or something.
 
2014-03-18 04:20:39 PM

Headso: you gotta be the corporation type of person to actually get the police to respond to a petty theft call, try calling the cops about your car or house being broken into and they will tell you to come down a fill out a report and then laugh at you if you ask if they are going to investigate.


Unless you are a pretty young girl who had her bike stolen, then the police will set up a sting to get your bike back and fark will have a thread about it.
 
2014-03-18 04:21:19 PM

OregonVet: I'll chime in that baby formula theft isn't intended for it to be distributed to families in need directly. Along with diet pills, brand named razor blades, hair dye, or allergy pills for that matter, among many others. This isn't a Robin Hood type scenario. At one point I read a study that found 30 to 40 percent of what you get off the shelf at local carryouts can be stolen and redistributed. For a few years some big boxes started marking product with indelible ink  That and EAS tagging is labor intense and a lot of items are now off the marking list these days. As an anecdote, I did pick up a package of Tylenol on the corner once that had the Target bull's eye on it- they applied film with the logo that leeched into the cardboard and remains even if the tape is taken off. Labor intensity aside, they are turning to other methods to track products deeper in the logistics chain of distribution. There may be a point soon, if they don't, where they will be able to look in your medicine cabinet, scan a product, and know the date, time, other things purchased in the same transaction, and method of payment. Hell, my local megamart lets me look at every transaction I make in the store. It's not as detailed as they can see, but it's there. Now many big boxes have the ability to pull up small amounts of information from any transaction and the video pops up. This ability has allowed them to assist law enforcement to solve quite a few crimes (me, myself used it to solve a home invasion), but mostly it's an opportunity to increase sales.

/TL;DR - former Army MPI and former LP consultant that knows people steal stuff


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2014-03-18 04:21:27 PM
There's Always A Bloody Ghost: 'In grocery stores here, most baby formula is kept in a separate cabinet, under lock...' yup

www.kickinthehead.org
 
2014-03-18 04:22:46 PM
Powdered baby formula can be used to make meth.
 
2014-03-18 04:25:54 PM
Also, I'm pretty sure if the story had been "Cops rescue 20 kittens from certain death in a housefire," its Fark headline would read "Corrupt officers steal beloved family pets while their house burns down."
 
2014-03-18 04:26:27 PM

OregonVet: next time you load up on smug.


Believe me, he's already fully loaded up with smug.
 
2014-03-18 04:26:32 PM

Gunny Highway: Headso: you gotta be the corporation type of person to actually get the police to respond to a petty theft call, try calling the cops about your car or house being broken into and they will tell you to come down a fill out a report and then laugh at you if you ask if they are going to investigate.

Nooooow we are cooking with gas


yep, flame on!
 
2014-03-18 04:33:41 PM

stpauler: I'm ok with this. I don't know what your problem is submitter. It's kinda obvious that they weren't stealing out of need since she's 52 years old as they stole over $250 worth. (Most likely to resell it.)


Well, she could be stealing it for a grandchild or something. Not to say that's much of an excuse.
 
2014-03-18 04:36:18 PM

skozlaw: I don't understand. Is the asinine tag for the cops who did their jobs or the drug-addled idiots stealing baby formula?


I think this thread was greenlit solely for the purpose of letting us laugh at subby.
 
2014-03-18 04:49:08 PM

Sneakytoes: Powdered baby formula can be used to make meth.


Seriously, does it have any uses other than feeding babies?  It seems like an odd choice to "cut" drugs with, when powdered milk would be cheaper.
 
2014-03-18 04:51:21 PM
I'm glad I never formed baby. Does subby have any idea how much baby formula costs? It would probably be cheaper to have a cocaine habit.
 
2014-03-18 04:53:31 PM
For some strange reason, liquid Tide detergent and baby formula are currency in the drug market.  Want some crack and don't have money, go boost some Tide or baby formula to give to your dealer.

It's weird, but it is what it is.
 
2014-03-18 04:54:14 PM

flondrix: Sneakytoes: Powdered baby formula can be used to make meth.

Seriously, does it have any uses other than feeding babies?  It seems like an odd choice to "cut" drugs with, when powdered milk would be cheaper.


It's not used to make meth and it is not used to cut drugs.  It is used as currency.
 
2014-03-18 04:56:19 PM
Formula should be free.
 
2014-03-18 04:57:02 PM

sprgrss: For some strange reason, liquid Tide detergent and baby formula are currency in the drug market.  Want some crack and don't have money, go boost some Tide or baby formula to give to your dealer.

It's weird, but it is what it is.



Tide is expensive and so is baby formula. Before people traded currency, they would barter.

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-18 04:58:14 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: sprgrss: For some strange reason, liquid Tide detergent and baby formula are currency in the drug market.  Want some crack and don't have money, go boost some Tide or baby formula to give to your dealer.

It's weird, but it is what it is.


Tide is expensive and so is baby formula. Before people traded currency, they would barter.

[img.fark.net image 263x191]


all detergent is expensive, but ALL and others aren't used as currency, only Liquid Tide.
 
2014-03-18 04:59:21 PM

sprgrss: flondrix: Sneakytoes: Powdered baby formula can be used to make meth.

Seriously, does it have any uses other than feeding babies?  It seems like an odd choice to "cut" drugs with, when powdered milk would be cheaper.

It's not used to make meth and it is not used to cut drugs.  It is used as currency.


I snort it
 
2014-03-18 05:02:31 PM

flondrix: Sneakytoes: Powdered baby formula can be used to make meth.

Seriously, does it have any uses other than feeding babies?  It seems like an odd choice to "cut" drugs with, when powdered milk would be cheaper.


Baby formula, steaks and video games are commodities that some folk use to pay their tab at the local crack house, once they've hocked everything else and are at risk of being cut off.
 
2014-03-18 05:02:49 PM

Mrs.Sharpier: Formula should be free.


If only there were some magical liquid mothers could give thier babies that was free.
 
2014-03-18 05:02:50 PM

There's Always A Bloody Ghost: In grocery stores here, most baby formula is kept in a separate cabinet, under lock and key.


In nice neighbourhoods around here it's typically not, presumably because their clientele would object to the inconvenience and the implication that they might steal. I've wondered how long it takes before the criminals take notice of that and start commuting.
 
2014-03-18 05:03:22 PM
The baby food conglomerate have got to be put down and kudos to these two brave souls.  The conglomerate already owns all baby food products and 75 percent of women's breast milk.  Before you know it, everyone is going to have to buy their farts from th

Mrs.Sharpier: Formula should be free.


I said the same thing about guns and bullets and prostitutes, but everyone got really mad.
 
2014-03-18 05:03:51 PM

Mrs.Sharpier: Formula should be free.


Or, at the very least, it should be easy for the average mother to make on her own.
 
2014-03-18 05:06:03 PM

nunyadang: Mrs.Sharpier: Formula should be free.

If only there were some magical liquid mothers could give thier babies that was free.


Not all mothers can produce enough to feed their baby, and believe me there is much emotional trauma when that happens.
 
2014-03-18 05:07:40 PM

Mrs.Sharpier: Formula should be free.


It is at the WIC office.
 
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