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The Most Shocking Thing People Steal
CNBC.com | December 01, 2011 | 05:03 PM EST

Want to know how the economy's doing? Check the meat aisle.

In the middle of the recession, grocery stores were slashing prices on everything, including high-end food items — some offered lobster at lunchmeat prices and others offered steak for $5 .

That all seemed pretty shocking, but the situation seems to have gotten even worse. Now, filet mignon has made the top 10 list of things people shoplift, according to a list compiled by Adweek .

There are some predictable items on the list — like booze, razor blades and Elmo dolls.

But filet mignon?

Yep. Police say that choice cuts of meat are the most common thing people steal at grocery stores. And, for that matter, grocery stores are the No. 1 place thieves go to steal. The loss rate for “luxury meat,” as it’s called, jumped 21 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to Justice Department statistics.

A pack of gum or razor blades? Easy to toss into your pocket. But how do you just casually slip a drippy packet of meat into your jacket or purse? Doesn’t anyone see the trail of blood?

Well, thank your lucky series of tubes, the Internet has the answer. Search “how to steal meat” and it turns up 23 MILLION results.

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