07 Feb '13, 9pm

Move over, Bitcoin, drug dealers are using Tide for currency now. o.O (via @_paperino)

Move over, Bitcoin, drug dealers are using Tide for currency now. o.O (via @_paperino)

(Photo: Victor Prado/New York Magazine. Typography by Kevin Dresser.) T he call that came in from a local Safeway one day in March 2011 was unlike any the Organized Retail Crime Unit of the Prince George’s County Police Department had fielded before. The grocery store, located in suburban Bowie, Maryland, had been robbed repeatedly. But in every incident the only products taken were bottles—many, many bottles—of the liquid laundry detergent Tide. “They were losing $10,000 to $15,000 a month, with people just taking it off the shelves,” recalls Sergeant Aubrey Thompson, who heads the team. When Thompson and his officers arrived to investigate, they stumbled onto another apparent Tide theft in progress and busted two men who’d piled 100 or so of the bright-orange jugs into their Honda. The next day, Thompson returned to the store’s parking lot to tape a television interview ...

Full article: http://nymag.com/news/features/tide-detergent-drugs-2013-1/

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