Well, here's another way to get free Tide...
Reader Matt sent over an interesting article from The Daily tonight. Apparently, Tide laundry detergent is the target of increasing crime waves around the country, because it's usually pricey and always in demand:
Law enforcement officials across the country are puzzled over a crime wave targeting an unlikely item: Tide laundry detergent.
Theft of Tide detergent has become so rampant that authorities from New York to Oregon are keeping tabs on the soap spree, and some cities are setting up special task forces to stop it. And retailers like CVS are taking special security precautions to lock down the liquid.
One Tide taker in West St. Paul, Minn., made off with $25,000 in the product over 15 months before he was busted last year... law enforcement officials across the country say Tide theft is connected to the drug trade. In fact, a recent drug sting turned up more Tide that cocaine.
“We sent in an informant to buy drugs. The dealer said, ‘I don’t have drugs, but I could sell you 15 bottles of Tide,’ ” Sprague told The Daily. “Upstairs in the drug dealer’s bedroom was about 14 bottles of Tide laundry soap."
Matt writes, "If folks knew how to use coupons and/or didn't have such strong brand loyalty, maybe Tide wouldn't be a target, huh? Thank you for you help in teaching us to use our money more wisely."
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