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The Whole Foods Grocery Items And Products That Get Shoplifted
Most Often
By Betsy Parks
Shoplifting has always been a problem in retail, and supermarkets, in particular, have seen a significant rise in theft in the past few years. Whole Foods, one of the grocery store chains with some of the highest prices (as well as self-checkouts, which seem to increase theft), is having a particularly tough time with shoplifting.
The foods most often stolen there are primarily everyday items, according to Elizabeth, a Whole Foods worker from Michigan. "A lot of times, I'll see staples like peanut butter and jelly or bread,” Elizabeth told Bon Appetit, adding, “Tuna's a big one. Which to me, if you're stealing tuna, you really need to eat.”
Like Elizabeth, many other workers report on Reddit that they see people stealing all the time but don't report it, as what is stolen seems to be food to survive, and employees feel the company can afford the loss. A woman identified only as Alex said, "Let's just say I don't feel too bad about taking $15 or $20 of stuff from Whole Foods when Jeff Bezos is the richest man on Earth."