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(Orlando Sentinel)   Police shut down a multi-million dollar theft ring that specialized in stealing expensive: A) electronics; B) cars; C) baby formula   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 9
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2014-07-04 03:24:01 PM  
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FriarReb98: How much of the baby formula made it to babies, and how much made it to drug manufacturers who wanted to cut drugs with it?


I know you're only repeating what you've heard, but that is hands down the stupidest thing I've read all day.
First, most of the formula was LIQUID, so how you're cutting powdered drugs with it, I have no idea.

Second, if you have a few pounds of coke or heroin (at about $80,000 per pound) that you need to cut, you're not worried about saving $20, and are not going to involve yourself with petty thieves to do so.

Third, powdered formula wouldn't work as a cut because when you added water in order to shoot or freebase it, the dope would become milky, not clear as expected and the buyer would come after you for burning them.

Where did you learn about drugs? Old episodes of Dragnet?
2014-07-04 08:11:24 PM  
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One of my first jobs involved working security concerns for one of the biggest gas station chains in the US. When we suspected corruption at a franchisee's station we would set up hidden cameras the franchisee didn't know about. Since it was a business we could break in (locksmith and police notified) and set up our own independent cameras.

Almost every single week we caught people unloading baby formula in the back door, sometimes by the pallet. The crooked station owners would buy it from thieves and sell it to unsuspecting customers. Biggest we busted was a franchisee with about 65 stations all involved in fraud.

When we busted them we would send out a tanker and de-sign the station for breaking the franchise agreement rather than risk the negative publicity. Franchisee's didn't dare push the issue as they knew they had criminal charges available if they made a fuss. Sadly they had dedicated crews to do this we did it so often.

/crooked owners would skim the gas by an 1/8th of a gallon per fill
//never ever buy your gas from a de-signed gas station - there's a reason that former name brand is now missing.
2014-07-04 06:44:38 PM  
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jayphat: its used for drugs but not like people think. It's not used to cut it. It's used to buy it.

Crackhead steals formula. He pays nothing for it. He takes it to bodega down the street. They give him $0.30 on the dollar for it. He now has 30% of the price of what he stole. They now have formula that costs significantly less to buy from authorized distributor. Crackhead takes money to buy more crack. Rinse and repeat.

/yes, I'm serious


And you are also correct. I don't know what the preferred brand is now, but it used to be Enfamil yellow, and Enfamil blue, because that's what the WIC program accepts, and the bodega owner can charge the WIC program almost anything he feels like.

$0.30 on the dollar is very often more like $0.40 - $0.50, and the bodega owners often sweeten the deal with cigarettes, sandwiches, beer soda etc if you can supply them regularly.
2014-07-04 06:43:07 PM  
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DubtodaIll: I'm speaking from a stupid thing to spend your money on standpoint. Bottled water costs more per unit than gasoline. Though you do actually have to go to a water source to get it for cheap. Mothers make milk for free.


Like, tell me how all mothers make enough milk for their babies to thrive.  Tell me how all babies can tolerate their mothers' milk.    Most importantly, tell me how mothers never have to give up breastfeeding when they go back to work, because all workplaces give mothers the time and a place to pump.

The reality is that breastfeeding works really well for women who can take the first year or so off, or who have professional, family-friendly workplaces. Namely, it works well for mothers who can likely afford formula.  It doesn't work as well at all for working class mothers.  Why the holy hell do you think so many lower class people (in and out o the US) formula feed, for f*ck's sake?

Which makes the pricing model for formula all that much more abhorrent.   The poorer the area, the more expensive formula is, because it's well known that working mothers have no choice.  It's disgusting.
2014-07-04 06:17:10 PM  
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its used for drugs but not like people think. It's not used to cut it. It's used to buy it.

Crackhead steals formula. He pays nothing for it. He takes it to bodega down the street. They give him $0.30 on the dollar for it. He now has 30% of the price of what he stole. They now have formula that costs significantly less to buy from authorized distributor. Crackhead takes money to buy more crack. Rinse and repeat.

/yes, I'm serious
2014-07-04 03:09:59 PM  
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basemetal: Babbys are big business.


Absolutely. I bought a door gate for my outside garage access door to keep my dogs from getting out when I had the garage open. It was a fancy one that had a foot pedal to open it.  I got it at petsmart for $40. The exact same gate, from the exact same company was at target. But instead of puppies,  it had a picture of a baby on the packaging and it was $79.

Put a picture of a baby on anything and is easily doubles if not quadruples what you can sell it for. Why is what is basically a folding table (changing table) cost $200?
Because people that have kids lose their minds and will pay anything.
2014-07-04 03:02:49 PM  
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They cut heroin and coke with it, shelteredmitter
2014-07-04 02:57:26 PM  
1 votes:
Makes sense, baby formula is one of the most often shoplifted items. This is just a scaling up.
2014-07-04 01:55:41 PM  
1 votes:
How much of the baby formula made it to babies, and how much made it to drug manufacturers who wanted to cut drugs with it?
 
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