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8 Suspected Tide Bandits Arrested in Maryland; Police call laundry detergent “liquid gold”
NBC Washington ^ | Pat Collins

Posted on 11/06/2011 11:25:38 AM PST by freespirited

Thieves have been cleaning up stealing laundry detergent from stores in Prince George’s County, Md., but special investigators are making progress.

A special crime squad has made five arrests and is looking for 15 other suspects.

“Boosters” will load shopping carts with laundry detergent and then race out of the store to their cars to make a getaway. One Safeway store was losing about $15,000 per month in Tide alone.

Surveillance video showed a man stealing Tide from a Wegman’s, police said. Forty minutes later, with police watching, that man’s accomplice sold the Tide at a nail salon. Police seized 18 jugs seized, 27 packages of Gillette Fusion razors, 11 bottles of body wash and two Apple computers

A special crime squad also raided the Universal Supermarket in Silver Spring this week, seizing 129 jugs of Tide and 72 cans of baby formula.

“So he paid five bucks for this, and he’s selling it for almost $25,” Prince George’s County police Lt. Brad Pyle said. “That’s almost a 500 percent profit. Yeah, liquid gold.”


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I guess Tide is the new cocaine.
1 posted on 11/06/2011 11:25:40 AM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

I guess I don’t really understand.


2 posted on 11/06/2011 11:28:59 AM PST by MetaThought
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To: MetaThought
It appears to evidence that some people are washing their clothes — and have ridiculous brand loyalty.
3 posted on 11/06/2011 11:31:45 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: MetaThought
Mine and the wife's thought. I just don't get it.
4 posted on 11/06/2011 11:31:53 AM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Geithner: Taxes on 'Small Business' Must Rise So Government Doesn't 'Shrink')
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To: freespirited

Can’t buy Tide with your EBT?


5 posted on 11/06/2011 11:33:15 AM PST by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: freespirited

Do nail salons use detergent as part of the manicure process?

(Just trying to “get” this.)


6 posted on 11/06/2011 11:33:37 AM PST by samtheman
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To: freespirited

Maybe it’s the old formula with phosphates?


7 posted on 11/06/2011 11:35:26 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: samtheman

8 posted on 11/06/2011 11:37:11 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: freespirited
27 packages of Gillette Fusion razors,

A typical 8 pack of Gillette Mach 3 Turbo razor blades goes for around $24 now....

9 posted on 11/06/2011 11:37:15 AM PST by Hot Tabasco
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To: MetaThought
I guess I don’t really understand.

Let me help you. We're turning into Mexico.
10 posted on 11/06/2011 11:37:27 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: freespirited

My bet is the thieves are Obama class warriors who see no problem taking from those who have to “spread the wealth around”.


11 posted on 11/06/2011 11:38:53 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: freespirited

When Tide is outlawed, only outlaws will have Tide.


12 posted on 11/06/2011 11:40:07 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: freespirited
One Safeway store was losing about $15,000 per month in Tide alone.

Lemme see....

You're in the business of selling stuff, which means you have some sort of loss prevention program in place, and you're losing as much as some small businesses are currently grossing, and you haven't made the necessary changes to deal with it?

These guys are filling shopping carts before darting out of the store? And you're just standing there?!

Someone is in the wrong business.

13 posted on 11/06/2011 11:40:20 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: SpaceBar
Ditto!

Along with urinating and defecting in the brushes, this is what happens in a 3rd world country.

I never thought I'd see the day. . .

14 posted on 11/06/2011 11:40:45 AM PST by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: freespirited

Crisis! Save the homeland! We must pass laws! We are all too free! Get the Tide behind the counter and only sell it with ID and an iris scan. OMG, the children!!!


15 posted on 11/06/2011 11:43:39 AM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Days .... Weeks ..... Months .....)
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To: samtheman
Do nail salons use detergent as part of the manicure process? (Just trying to “get” this.)

I'm guessing that (in certain neighborhoods) nail salons are places where women can buy items that "fell of the truck" at a discount.

16 posted on 11/06/2011 11:51:17 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. Barbarism must always ultimately triumph.)
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To: freespirited
".....that man’s accomplice sold the Tide at a nail salon"

Will Tide straighten my nails? Remove the rust? Sharpen the point?

17 posted on 11/06/2011 11:54:59 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: PapaBear3625

...women can buy items that “fell of the truck” at a discount.”

Yes, but that price doesn’t seem like a discount.

Now, the baby formula I can see, that stuff is very expensive, but Tide?

And, as to the baby formula, that is definitely something that would be covered under any welfare food program.

But I do know powdered baby formula can be used to “cut” drugs. But again, in that case it makes a lot more sense just to buy it. Who wants their drug operation stalled or worse due to a shoplifting charge for baby formula?

These Obama years have been great, haven’t they? THEY NEED TO END.


18 posted on 11/06/2011 11:58:40 AM PST by jocon307
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To: freespirited

>>>Prince George’s County<<<

Extra whiteners, perhaps?


19 posted on 11/06/2011 12:02:24 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: freespirited
I guess these thieves are “taking in laundry” can't seem to come up with any other reason for this. If they can run out the door with jugs of laundry detergent it seems like that could just as easily run out the door with cases of beer or wine and have a bigger market.
20 posted on 11/06/2011 12:02:53 PM PST by Ditter
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To: PapaBear3625

I’m guessing you just made the right guess.


21 posted on 11/06/2011 12:05:18 PM PST by samtheman
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To: PapaBear3625

I once bought two Minolta lenses from a guy who said they had an overage at the warehouse. I actually thought he was telling the truth until I thought about it.


22 posted on 11/06/2011 12:05:53 PM PST by yarddog
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To: yarddog

Did you buy the lenses in the Minolta parking lot out of his van?


23 posted on 11/06/2011 12:08:07 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Actually it was at a gun show. I actually got them from a guy who got them from the one who told the story. He knew that I was in to cameras and asked me what they were worth.

I ended up buying two of them.


24 posted on 11/06/2011 12:12:32 PM PST by yarddog
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To: freespirited
Just googled some alternative uses for Tide detergent ...... Apparently it is used to wash peoples hair to mask the use of certain drugs such as smoking pot .... to help pass a "Hair Follicle Drug Test."

Now it kinda makes sense!!! Surprised this wasn't addressed in the article.

25 posted on 11/06/2011 12:13:17 PM PST by R_Kangel (`.`)
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To: rockrr

Probably get sued for discrimination if they tried to stop them.


26 posted on 11/06/2011 12:16:08 PM PST by Spirit of Liberty (http://www.honorflight.org/)
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it’s expensive, the most expensive on the shelf. It’s very, very easy to move for quick cash and people like the way it smells. I don’t think we’ve used Tide detergent in 15 years. Based on what I’ve witnessed walk out of stores over the past few years, the retail outlets must have cut back on loss prevention efforts opting to do the back-end enforcement at places like flea markets. I do remember that they have a way of disabling shopping carts at the door if you don’t pass through a cashier stand and I saw a show about this on CNBC recently.

I do remember the illicit trade in razor blades from my time working in DC. There were guys that had practically an entire grocery store in their van selling it to people on the street, including DC park cops.


27 posted on 11/06/2011 12:19:37 PM PST by newnhdad
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To: Hot Tabasco

Bought a 4 pack this morning. $13.00. The are kept under lock and key.


28 posted on 11/06/2011 12:26:20 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (To fix government, we need a rocket scientist. Oh, wait we have one!)
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To: Realman30

“Along with urinating and defecting in the brushes, this is what happens in a 3rd world country.”

“Stay out the Brushes.”


29 posted on 11/06/2011 12:28:00 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (To fix government, we need a rocket scientist. Oh, wait we have one!)
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To: freespirited

Tide? Why not Cheer?


30 posted on 11/06/2011 12:36:20 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: freespirited

Nothings cleans clothes or dishes anymore. The trisodium phosphates ingredient were taken away in 2009. The good intentions of liberals are paved to hell.


31 posted on 11/06/2011 12:38:40 PM PST by dancusa (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. W. Churchill)
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Nothings cleans clothes or dishes anymore. The trisodium phosphates ingredient were taken away in 2009. The good intentions of liberals are paved to hell.

Go to Home Depot and buy a 3lb box of Trisodium Phospate from the paint department for $10, add a teaspoon to each load of laundry or to your dishwasher with the detergent and viola!, clean clothes and dishes.

32 posted on 11/06/2011 12:47:59 PM PST by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: freespirited

The suspects are described as: young black males with extremely bright whites in their fresh-smelling clothes.


33 posted on 11/06/2011 12:59:33 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: newnhdad

<it’s expensive, the most expensive on the shelf

Really? I am a loyal Tide user. My mother used Tide, I use Tide. That said, I might be moved for price, but the Tide is in the same price range as the other, non-generic, detergent. I don’t see any, price-based, reason to switch. Even when I was a poor student, I used Tide and never felt I was choosing “the most expensive on the shelf.”


34 posted on 11/06/2011 1:08:39 PM PST by radiohead (Buy ammo, store food, pray for the Republic.)
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To: freespirited

Can’t be Libs doing this though. They don’t wash their clothes.


35 posted on 11/06/2011 1:11:29 PM PST by conservaterian (Sarah/DeMint '12-XXX= Now what? Cain?XX Guess not.)
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To: dancusa

The answer to that is to put the TSP in yourself.


36 posted on 11/06/2011 1:13:45 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Cain = National Sales Tax; Perry = Amnesty for Illegals; Romney = Obamacare forever. Who's left?)
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To: freespirited

Is this connected to some kind of money-laundering operation?


37 posted on 11/06/2011 1:14:41 PM PST by CowboyJay ("Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day parade." - fieldmarshalj)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Walmart is putting their razors into plastic boxes that must be unlocked at the register after purchase. Also doing this for diabetic test strips.

Pretty soon everything will be behind a bullet proof window and you will have the products you already PAID FOR passed to you through a small hole.....


38 posted on 11/06/2011 1:23:17 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: freespirited

They’re obviously not selling the Tide at any of the occupy protests.


39 posted on 11/06/2011 1:24:03 PM PST by Trick or Treat (On the Cain Train!)
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To: freespirited

Sounds like something out of a soap opera.


40 posted on 11/06/2011 1:30:51 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Ditter
. If they can run out the door with jugs of laundry detergent it seems like that could just as easily run out the door with cases of beer or wine and have a bigger market.

With laundry detergent they can make a clean getaway.

41 posted on 11/06/2011 1:40:53 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: CarmichaelPatriot
Go to Home Depot and buy a 3lb box of Trisodium Phospate from the paint department for $10, add a teaspoon to each load of laundry or to your dishwasher with the detergent and viola!, clean clothes and dishes.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

42 posted on 11/06/2011 1:43:18 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Days .... Weeks ..... Months .....)
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To: newnhdad

How do you do back-end enforcement at a flea market? The urban flea market I went to was full of cleaning products and diapers.


43 posted on 11/06/2011 1:43:44 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Oztrich Boy

Of course, you are right as usual. :D


44 posted on 11/06/2011 1:44:14 PM PST by Ditter
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To: yarddog
I once bought two Minolta lenses from a guy who said they had an overage at the warehouse. I actually thought he was telling the truth until I thought about it.<.i>

Often, people will buy video game systems or other electronics out of a van only to get it home and find the box contains gravel or scrap metal (ballast to account for the missing product). You seemed to have done business with an "honest thief."

45 posted on 11/06/2011 1:50:08 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOs!!!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Bought a 4 pack this morning. $13.00. The are kept under lock and key.

That sounds a bit like George Orwell's 1984!

46 posted on 11/06/2011 1:51:24 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOs!!!)
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To: CarmichaelPatriot
"Go to Home Depot and buy a 3lb box of Trisodium Phospate from the paint department for $10"

Our Home depot only had "TSP" that specifically stated it was "phosphate free".

Maybe I missed the good stuff but I looked pretty closely.


47 posted on 11/06/2011 1:54:55 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik ("The trouble with internet quotations is that you don't know if they are true"-Abraham Lincoln.)
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>>>Prince George’s County<<<
Extra whiteners, perhaps?

(Spews coffee on monitor.)

48 posted on 11/06/2011 1:55:03 PM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Bought a 4 pack this morning. $13.00. The are kept under lock and key.

Good luck finding those and other frivolous products after TSHTF. As long as there is still a Dollar store with 5 double-edge razors for a buck I'm fine. Actually have enough stockpiled for years to come.

49 posted on 11/06/2011 1:55:10 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: freespirited

In case you haven’t noticed, laundry detergent is getting expensive. Those 1/2 gallon jugs are $10-12 each at WALMART, much more at the grocery store.


50 posted on 11/06/2011 1:55:27 PM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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