Tide is valuable, quickly consumable and easily removable from store shelves, all traits that make it attractive to professional thieves who sometimes load up carts and walk out the door to waiting getaway cars.
In West St. Paul, Minn., a Walmart inventory revealed about $25,000 worth of Tide lost over little more than a year, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported in February. Police there charged a man with felony theft, saying he loaded carts with at least $6,339 worth of Tide over a month, walking out the door without paying.
In Cincinnati, the home of Procter & Gamble, 103 incidents of Tide disappearing from supermarkets, convenience stores and drug stores have been reported since mid-2010, according to Cincinnati Police data.
On Sept. 25, someone walked away from a drugstore with a jar of ranch dressing, a two-liter bottle of Mountain Dew and five 40-ounce bottles of Tide, police reported.
Seedsower said:I can't afford Tide, but I'd never steal it