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."

Read the full article at The Daily

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."

Photo by John Gress/Reuters for The Daily. Used under Creative Commons License.

Another Tide theft article

Consumerist has another new article today about continued Tide theft - this time, a black-market Tide ring running out of of a barber shop..! Crazy!


Dominicks in Aurora

While leaving the Dominicks in Aurora on New York and Eola Road I noticed the manager walking out behind me and then he started jogging and took down a car's license plate number that was pulling away. I asked him what was going on. He said the gentleman was trying to steal 4 giant sized bottles of TIDE. The manager confronted the customer in the store and told him "I don't want to see you in this store again." The customer left the cart of 4 giant bottles of TIDE with the manager. This happened just last week.

That explains it

I was in Family Dollar on Tuesday to pick up some fabric softener (yes, I couponed) and the Tide had cable theft locks around the handles. Kind of like the thing they use on leather coats at the department store! Now, I know why! Thanks for keeping us "in the know," Jill.

I think

I think someone took "money laundering" a bit too seriously!

Theft of Tide Detergent...

My niece is a Captain in the county police department in Maryland where this seems to have started. I know it is for real, not sure why Snopes hasn't caught up with it yet. Here's a link to the news coverage from last fall.



This story sounded completely unbelievable, so I decided to do a little detective work by Googling about Tide laundry detergent theft. The ONLY articles about Tide theft link back to the ONE "The Daily" article cited here. There is literally nothing else that can be found on Google about Tide theft that isn't related to this one and only article. So until I see a reputable source reporting on Tide theft, I'm calling it a hoax. Or, if I'm feeling generous, an isolated incident at most.

This smells like a media stunt designed to farm backlinks to Rupert Murdoch's failing newspaper. Murdoch's media outlets have a well-documented and public history of scummy practices and lying, so I don't put concocting a ridiculous story to catch the attention of other media outlets and blogs out of the realm of possiblity.

Tide detergent theft

Prince George's County, MD; Newport News, VA; southern New England; Northwest Ohio; Minnesota....these are just a few of the various locations mentioned when I googled Tide detergent theft. I don't think it's a hoax!!

Check out my link:



It sure does read like a rupert murdoch paper. But remember, only Jill is reporting on the counterfeit coupons. No other news outlets are interested in the story, and other bloggers are linking back to her. So not finding the story anywhere else doesnt necessarily make it untrue.

Im wondering if Tide doesnt have some special property - like Dawn is best for cleaning up oil spilled animals - and that wasnt just the commercials, that is what rescue groups were saying down here - or bath salts had some thing that helped people get high - maybe tide has some application in meth cooking?

Checkout Foxnews.com now

It seems that police agencies are coming forward saying they haven't noticed any particular increase in Tide related thefts in the areas reported by The Daily. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM...


Here's the Fox News piece:


Police and retailers are pushing back against a report claiming that theft of Tide laundry detergent is on the rise nationwide and that some cities are devising special task forces to crack down on the alleged phenomenon

The Daily, an iPad publication, reported Monday that authorities from New York to Oregon are combating a new wave of Tide theft at popular retail stores, like CVS and Walmart. The story quickly spread virally across the Internet, and was even the subject of a segment Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The most interesting line is the last line of the story:

The Daily and FoxNews.com are both owned by News Corporation.

on channel 7 news

Hi- I was watching channel 7 news in Chicago at 11:0am for a few minutes, and they reported on the Tide theft too. They actually showed video footage of somebody stealing tide, and they basically said the same things that the article said.

So it did get additional press.

Thanks, Nancy

I agree

As you said, just because others aren't reporting on it doesn't make it untrue. (Regarding the counterfeit coupons, isn't it interesting that Time.com, SmartMoney, MSN all reported on Joel's counterfeits, but now that Procter & Gamble has confirmed 200 more counterfeits, it's "not news?") Also Sarah Pasquinucci indeed does work in PR for P&G, so that much is true.

Consumerist has the stolen Tide story today too, though they're linking to The Daily's piece: http://consumerist.com/2012/03/thieves-are-targeting-tide-detergent-for-...


the ky was just a reg shoplifting deal and tide was the item.
as far as a large scale he didnt know of any.


just wow! Certainly hope they don't ever see my stock of Tide - they might think I've been to St Paul recently.

No kidding!

My stockpile is loaded with Tide and I paid $1.93 for the 40-load Tides (CVS, November 2011) and $2.99 for the same 40-loads at Jewel (September 2011.) It's easy to get it for $2-$3 if you watch the sales. Crazy!

Walgreens had Head and Shoulders locked up

Hi- I was in the Walgreens on Chicago Ave. in Evanston today. I rarely go in that particular store, and when I was looking for shampoo, I noticed all the head and shoulders was locked up. I can't see why that would be such a hot item.

I understand that the reason they keep the original version of sudafed, behind the counter in the pharmacy, is because it is used in the manufacture of crystal meth, but I have no idea what people would do with a case of head and shoulders. Thanks for the interesting article.

Tide is my favorite detergent, but I only buy it when I can get a really good deal on it.