Walmart hides $20 rib-eye steaks behind metal cages amid rise in U.S. crime

Walmart hides $20 rib-eye steaks behind metal cages amid rise in U.S. crime

Walmart has begun storing expensive steaks in locked metal cages amid rising U.S. crime, a new viral video has revealed.

Michael Fromhold of Florida was stunned when he noticed that the meat at his local Walmart was locked up in what appeared to be a rather dramatic attempt to prevent it from being stolen.

Michael filmed it and shared it on TikTok, where it quickly went viral, gaining over four million views in a matter of days, and the clip led some viewers to lament that such measures had become necessary.

The video, which showed Angus beef wrapped in chains with an electronic security tag, came amid growing concern about rising crime rates across the country, which Michael was quick to complain about in his post.

“You must be joking,” Michael began in the video, holding the protected meat in his hands. “Walmart now has steak under lock and key. Holy crap, it’s come to this. It’s getting bad.”

Taking Extra Precautions: Walmart has begun hiding its $20 rib-eye steaks behind metal cages amid rising U.S. crime.

Taking Extra Precautions: Walmart has begun hiding its $20 rib-eye steaks behind metal cages amid rising U.S. crime.

Michael Fromhold (pictured) of Florida was stunned when he noticed the meat at his local Walmart was locked up to prevent people from stealing it.

Michael Fromhold (pictured) of Florida was stunned when he noticed the meat at his local Walmart was locked up to prevent people from stealing it.

Michael filmed this and shared it on TikTok, and the clip made some viewers lament that such measures had become necessary at Walmart (file photo)

Michael filmed this and shared it on TikTok, and the clip made some viewers lament that such measures had become necessary at Walmart (file photo)

It’s not clear if cages are being used at all Walmart stores nationwide, or if the company is taking security measures at stores located in high-crime areas.

DailyMail.com has reached out to a Walmart representative for comment.

Many people shared their concerns about Walmart’s new protective measures in the comments section, with one calling the world we live in “a sad one.”

The video, which shows Angus beef wrapped in chains with an electronic security tag, comes amid growing concern over rising crime rates across the country.

The video, which shows Angus beef wrapped in chains with an electronic security tag, comes amid growing concern over rising crime rates across the country.

Another lashed out at all the “poor people” who “rob the store.”

“Unfortunately, the situation will only get worse as inflammation continues to rise and food shortages begin to take their toll on us,” the third commentary says.

Someone else suggested that the cages were installed to keep people from changing price stickers, not to prevent theft.

How are we supposed to take this thing off? asked another TikTok user. “They only have two employees for the entire store and we have to check ourselves.”

“People have to steal to afford to eat… It’s a shame!” wrote another.

“I don’t know which is worse, that it’s blocked or that it costs almost $21,” another user chimed in.

Others, who said they were themselves former grocery store employees, shared their experiences of the robbery.

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Many people shared their concerns about Walmart's new protective measures in the comments section, with one calling the world we live in

Many people shared their concerns about Walmart’s new protective measures in the comments section, with one calling the world we live in “a sad one.”

Walmart hides  rib-eye steaks behind metal cages amid rise in U.S. crime Walmart hides  rib-eye steaks behind metal cages amid rise in U.S. crime Others, who said they were themselves former grocery store employees, shared their experiences of the robbery.

Others, who said they were themselves former grocery store employees, shared their experiences of the robbery.

“I’m not surprised,” wrote one person. “I worked in retail for many years and had as many regular thieves as I had customers.”

“You’d be surprised how many people are trying to get away with meat,” added another.

“Yeah, people put it in their pants and stuff,” agreed another commenter. “It’s crazy, but it’s necessary.”

Some people on Twitter also claimed that Walmart was locking up their crab meat.

“Our Walmart is such a ghetto they lock up crab legs,” a man named Charlie tweeted last January.

“This is such a fucking ghetto because why is the Walmart next to me locking up canned crabs? Because it’s expensive and people steal? wrote another user last month.

“I guess crab meat is in demand here in Richmond, Virginia. They’re keeping him locked up at the nearby Walmart,” read the third message. “I couldn’t bring myself to buy this last container of protected crab meat.”

In 2020, there were a total of 1.3 million violent crimes in America, or 388 for every 100,000 people, an increase of five percent from 2019, according to the FBI.

Walmart hides  rib-eye steaks behind metal cages amid rise in U.S. crime Walmart hides  rib-eye steaks behind metal cages amid rise in U.S. crime Walmart hides  rib-eye steaks behind metal cages amid rise in U.S. crime Some people on Twitter also claimed that Walmart was locking up their crab meat.

Some people on Twitter also claimed that Walmart was locking up their crab meat.

In Florida, where Michael lives, the violent crime rate is 384 for every 100,000 people.

Last month, the non-partisan Criminal Justice Council released a study that confirmed that homicide rates are on the rise in every major US city.

A sample of 22 cities showed that homicide rates last year were five percent higher than in 2020 and 44 percent higher than in 2019.

In Chicago, the homicide rate has reached its highest level in nearly 30 years, with 836 homicides recorded in 2021, compared to 770 in 2020. In 2019, 492 people were killed in the Windy City.

The number of aggravated assaults and assaults with firearms increased by six percent and eight percent respectively in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Nearly every NYPD police station has seen a surge in crime this year, including five where crime rates have doubled, NYPD data shows.

Overall, crime in the city is up nearly 39 percent, with 7,230 incidents this year compared to 5,211 last year.

It's not just Florida... The number of robberies in New York has increased recently - according to the NYPD, in the week ending January 23, they rose by about 33 percent.

It’s not just Florida… The number of robberies in New York has increased recently – according to the NYPD, in the week ending January 23, they rose by about 33 percent.

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