People are stealing all of the beef they can fit down their pants lately, but why? The problem, explains CBS New York, (warning: auto-play video at that link) is that a drought in the midwest means cattle feed is more expensive, which in turn raises beef prices. Higher beef prices mean that the meat is less affordable and more steal-able.
There’s also more demand for beef: one owner of a meat shop pointed out that the popularity of low-carb diets means that people buy more meat, and greater demand drives prices even higher.
Over the weekend, there was yet another meat-down-pants incident, this time in Indiana. Employees at a Marsh grocery store called police on a shopper. Police found $80 worth of steak down his pants, and arrested him for theft. His ability to at least believe that he could conceal $80 worth of meat down his pants shows how high beef prices have risen.
Police: Man tries to hide steak theft by stuffing $80 in meat down pants [WTTV]
Sirloin Swipers: High Beef Costs Lead To More Meat Thefts, Experts Say [CBS New York] (Warning: auto-play video)