"In a rising tide" of corruption, authorities are reporting a spike in thefts of the popular laundry detergent Tide. In some cities they are setting up task forces where the detergent is sold to track the number of bottles in stores.
The police hoping to be able to “turn the tide” on this issue believe thieves are selling the soap, which retails for $10-$20 in stores, on the black market to buy drugs. Is this what is called "money laundering"?
If Tide did a new commercial stating: "4 out of 5 drug dealers prefer Tide over all other laundry detergent" they wouldn’t be far off as in the black market Tide is referred to as "liquid gold" and can go anywhere from $5-$10 per bottle at flea markets. Honestly, wouldn't it be really funny if some of these thieves were caught and given 6 months in the county jail assigned only to the laundry room?
According to Yahoo news: “Last year, in St. Paul, Minnesota, a man is alleged to have made a "clean" getaway of $25,000 worth of Tide over 15 months before authorities captured him. Retail stores such as CVS are fit to be "tied", and according to ABC News have gone a step further.
"In a few markets, we've placed security devices on Tide bottles that will trigger an alarm if a shoplifter tries to remove it from the store without paying," said a CVS spokesman. They have also amped up extra measures to prevent theft at some locations and the detergent is kept in a locked container and an employee must retrieve it for customers.
What's next? Selling tampons to terrorists and telling them they are dynamite sticks?
"Spin-cycle" rumours on the street are that thieves are cutting it with Mr Bubbles before selling it. The popular detergent is instantly recognizable because of its Day-Glo orange bottle and quality. Is this the new cheaper "agent orange'? Tide is one of the most expensive brands of laundry detergent and because it does not have serial numbers it cannot be tracked if stolen.
And to think all this time I was worried about gas prices. The tide comes in and the tide goes out but I hope all the people stealing Tide will step forward, and come clean.
Linda Seccaspina -Menopausal Woman from the Corn