6 Most Shoplifted Foods Show Thieves Have Great Taste


raw steakTake a look around the store next time you're shopping: According to Adweek, 1 out of 11 shoppers are there to shoplift. And you'll never guess what they're after.

Adweek says the item most commonly stolen from grocery stores is prime cuts of fresh meat. Fancy meat robbery is up 21 percent this year. Beef: It's what's stolen for dinner! What gives? Are shoplifters feeling anemic? And how do you pull this off, anyway? Are there people wandering around stores with T-bones in their coat pockets? Keep reading to find out what other surprising foods people steal.

Booze. The second-most stolen item on Adweek's list is premium liquors -- the hard stuff. You would think it's mostly teenagers stealing beer, but no. It's mostly alcoholic adults struggling to feed their habit, which is sad, actually.

Cheese. In a survey of the most stolen foods worldwide, cheese comes in first. It's not because criminals have a special love for cheese, either -- the stolen cheese is re-sold to markets and restaurants. What??? WHO is buying the stolen cheese? That's what I want to know. Is there just some guy hanging out back, going, "Psst, buddy, wanna buy some cheeeeeeeze?" He opens his trench coat and you see blocks of Gouda, brie, and Stilton. And wouldn't the black market cheese guy smell? Talk about Stinky Cheese Man. (Run, run, as fast as you can!)

Candy and chocolates. Okay, I can see that. 

Seafood. Seriously? How do storekeepers not notice this happening? "Is that a lobster in your pants or are you just glad to see me?" And where do you hide it? Most fish counters have the fish just sitting out there unpackaged and the guy behind the counter wraps it for you -- right? So what, are people just grabbing a bunch of clams and running out the door?

Spices, seasonings, and vanilla. Yup. What's tiny, fits in your pocket (for real this time), and always seems to cost way too much for what you get? All those spices. Of course, you could just shop the bulk aisles instead of stealing.

Are you surprised these are the most shoplifted foods?


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Leele... Leelee1008

LMAO sadly cheese doesnt surprize me. My best friend and I went into the store one day and seen her mom, we stopped to talk to her and she said I gotta go, I got the cheese down my pants, If I could have put the chicken in there I would have. YEs that really happend.

Jecky... Jeckyls-mommy

Interesting. I'd have to see the cheese is hilarious.lol

Doomy234 Doomy234

A lot of these things dont surprise me. But how the hell do you hide a steak? If that package isnt held at the right angle, blood will start dripping out of the plastic....

Wouldnt somebody notice stolen fish? You're counter is missing a handful of shrimp, that guy over there has his hands stuffed in his pockets and smells suspiciously like fish. Hm... Seems fishy. Pun intended.

mamaj... mamajen82

It's really easy to steal anything from the grocery. Put it in your cart and walk out like you did nothing wrong. Beer is especially easy since it's not normally bagged.

phoeb... phoebefinch

Not surprised at all. Many Americans cannot afford to buy good meats. I'm only surprised that diapers are not on the list because I see it happening often in my area.

Kel Russell

I'm not surprised at all.  I've found empty meat packages in the bathroom of the WM where I used to work.  They empty the meat into their purse, usually.  From the one person we did catch stealing meat, they were in plastic baggies in her purse.  Same for seafood, if you get it out of the self-serve, pre-frozen case.  And the fresh-wrapped stuff from the counter can easily be stashed in a giant purse.  I'm not surprised about anything on this list.

nonmember avatar Katy

I have accidentaly left a store without paying for something before. I was doing the self check out and thought I had scanned everything. When I got home I realized that the 5 pounds of chicken breasts I had were not on my receipt. I could imagine others using the self-checkout to sneak a few high priced items into their bags!

nonmember avatar kay

My husband's friend stole some seafood right in front of us. He actually went to the seafood counter and requested 2 pounds of the jumbo shrimp. The employee weighed, priced and bagged it and that buddy of ours just headed towards the front of the store then out the door. We were so shocked at his boldness but its true that since he was cool and calm and dressed in normal non threatening attire, no one paid him any mind. We still laugh about it to this day but we will never go to the store with him again.

jessi... jessicasmom1

WOW! I can not imagine my mouth would have been floored!

frysh... fryshannon34

No I am not surprised these are the most pricey items 

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