Freakonomics Blog on stealing in supermarkets





Check out this
post
from Freakonomics Blog:




There’s an interesting news
brief in today’s N.Y. Times
about a report just
issued by the Food Marketing
Institute
about shoplifting in supermarkets. In previous years,
health and beauty products were the most frequently shoplifted items,
making up 23% of all stolen items in 2000. [snip...]


“The report also suggested,” Mindlin writes, “that self-service
checkout lanes, where customers scan and pay for their purchases
themselves, are surprisingly theft-free. Of the roughly 5,400 stores
in the survey with self-checkout lanes, 63.6 percent reported no
increase in theft rates.”





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Posted on January 2, 2007 and filed under Life.