Friday, June 03, 2005

Why the Baby Formula Is Locked Up

Five years ago, I needed a new air conditioner for my new apartment. WalMart was sold out -- again, and again, and yet again. Finally one evening, the manager told me 20 units were due in on that night's truck. The first 20 people in line at 7 a.m. could get them. I was 11th in line. And there were only 10 aircons.

I pitched a fit, demanded to see the manager. He checked the manifest, then went out to the loading dock and spent half an hour investigating while I stewed. He found one more aircon, then thanked me for being so persistent. "I've just found out the night crew has been setting aside personal "purchases" as they unload the trucks. They've stolen over 100 air conditioners -- and who knows what-all else -- this month alone."

There's a wee bit more to the story. The night crew was a group of Dominican illegal aliens posing as Puerto Ricans, who then formed a crime ring to steal off the loading dock and resell the merchandise in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Today AP writer Michael Rubinkam reveals why so many supermarkets have started locking up the baby formula: Similac powdered and Similac individual cans rank #7 and #8 on the Top 50 List of items stolen from supermarkets. Enfamil, etc. are also featured. Shoplifters boost it by the case!

Tennessee authorities have netted over 4,500 cans (retail prices, $10-30 each) in just two traffic stops this year. In North Carolina, a ring of seven Honduran illegal aliens have been convicted of stealing and reselling over $14 million in baby formula and over-the-counter drugs. After sentences ranging up to 12 years, they will be deported.

As if the cigarette busts weren't bad-enough news, the FBI has linked stolen baby formula sales as fundraisers for Hamas and Hezbollah.

And the pro-illegal alien lobby claims illegal aliens "are just looking for work." Bah, humbug!

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