Skip to comments.Supermarket chain forced to put lamb and even cheese in anti-theft security boxes
Posted on 11/23/2012 5:16:13 AM PST by Daffynition
Cheese and meat joints have been locked away in security-sealed boxes by a crime-hit supermarket in a bid to thwart hungry thieves.
Crime-hit supermarket chain Iceland has resorted to using the 'lamb saver boxes', normally used to protect more expensive goods such as CDs, games and DVDs, which trigger an alarm if a shoplifter attempts to leave the store with meat products without paying.
The security tactic has been employed in hundreds of the chain's stores across the UK.
Checkout assistants at the stores have told customers the supermarket chain also plans to fix security tags to its cheese - or lock the dairy goods away from reach.
Iceland bosses said they had been forced into the 'defence mechanisms' to stop a growing number of hungry thieves pinching its stock.
But customers hit out at the precaution, while food charities interpreted the measure as 'inevitable' with many families struggling to make ends meet.
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I’m guessing that your standard Briton eats more lamb than your standard American. But I’m also guessing that your standard muslim eats more lamb than either.
I don’t think I’ve ever had lamb.
Some folks find lamb a little gamey. I like it quite a lot, but no one else in my family does. I’m able to have it maybe once a year — perhaps in a stew where the flavor can be somewhat hidden by other things. Lamb chops go very well with mint jelly which also helps to mellow the taste for those folks who aren’t wild about it.
2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
2:3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
2:5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
2:10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
You`d probably like it... it`s good stuff.
It’s pretty rank!
A friend who was a WW2 veteran told me about being stationed somewhere (Wyoming, I think) where the mess hall started serving locally bought mutton, which was “gamey” for sure when prepared the GI way. Finally one day, as each man passed the “main course” in the chow line, he just said “baaaa”, picked up his tray and walked out.
I was raising a heritage breed called American Blackbelly. It is known as a ‘hairless’ breed (they do have hair) not raised for wool. It lacks lanolin which is the major contributing factor to the ‘gamey’ taste which turns some people off.
Excuse me sir, if that a ham in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
Meanwhile there’s been no reported incidents of pork pilfering.....
It tastes like a warm, wet sweater.
Wonder if they also had an uptick in Mint Jelly thefts....
I was unaware of a large Muslim population in Iceland.
The name of the market chain is "Iceland".
The name of the country is "United Kingdom".
There is nothing better than really good lamb. I hate to say it, but US grown lamb is awful, very gamey in taste and just about inedible. But if you can get it from New Zealand or Australia, where it is bred for eating like we breed beef cattle, it is very very good.
So I can just imagine how bad US military bought lamb would taste. Actually, I can't.
We definitely have lamb leg on the BBQ for Easter dinner. Rosemary and garlic rubbed..very good. A few times a year..and maybe a rack of lamb at times.
I suspect that lamb and cheese is a about double the price in the UK. So it is a shoplifting target for people who earn a lot less on the average.
The farmers in the EU can’t even slaughter one of their own heard to eat themselves..so the price is virtually controlled at high levels and then the farmers get aid. All controlled by overpaid bureaucrats in Belgium. Can’t have a free market in the EU. The fruits of socialism..wonderful.
I’m surprised that they haven’t moved to the next level yet.
For years, groceries have wanted to have shoppers send them a list, then clerks actually take the stuff off the shelves, total it at the cash register, and bag it for delivery or pick up, as soon as it is paid for.
But the sticking point is that shoppers want to select a particular item out of the group of irregular items, such as meat and produce.
Today, with cameras being small and cheap, a grocery store could put a camera on each section, and shoppers could select a particular cut of meat for example, then software would indicate to other shoppers that this particular item had been “sold”. It could all be done on the Internet.
Then shoppers would either go to the grocery in person to pick up their groceries and pay for them, or they could be delivered to their home.
In either case, shoplifting drops to nothing, though there is still employee theft and theft from deliverymen.
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