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In New York City, $3.99 cans of Spam are now securely sealed in theft proof plastic containers at the Port Authority Duane Reade store in order to help prevent the theft of the meat product.
The heightened security measures were noticed by Twitter user @willystaley at the Big Apple’s bus depot pharmacy. “The thoroughly revamped loss-prevention regime at the Port Authority Duane Reade has finally created something of beauty, a sort of Jeff Koons homage,” he tweeted.
At the same location, $3.49 tins of ham and $1.89 cans of Starkist tuna were also secured within containers to prevent theft. The Daily Mail reports that these measures are not a city-wide Duane Reade policy, but were implemented specifically at the heavily trafficked Port Authority, which is located at the heart of Times Square on West 44th Street.
The nearby Times Square Duane Read said that they have to lock up Ice Cream while Port Authority Duane Read staff said they average four shoplifters per night.
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