Some Canadians brag about stealing from grocery stores

Some Canadians are shoplifting high-priced groceries at grocery stores as the cost of living continues to climb, and a few are even taking to social media to brag.

Last week, Sylvain Charlebois, a professor at Dalhousie University, wrote about the impact of grocery store theft.

“Grocery theft has always been a major problem, but with food inflation as it is, traders are now more fearful of wrongdoers than before,” wrote the director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab, based in Halifax, in an article published on January 17. ten.

“According to some industry data, an average-sized food retail store in Canada can have between $2,000 and $5,000 worth of groceries stolen per week. With the relatively narrow profit margins of groceries, this amount is enormous. To cover the losses, grocers have to raise prices, so in the end, we’re all paying for the theft of groceries.”

Twitter users were unhappy with Charlebois’ remarks, with some proudly admitting they were shoplifting and others repeating the line “If you see someone shoplifting, no you don’t. ‘did not’.

Charlebois eventually responded to some of the backlash online, standing firm on his stance on the grocery theft.

“Do you think it’s appropriate to shoplift while you shop, just because you think food prices are too high? That’s crazy,” he said. wrotewhile retweeting another Twitter user.

Since it was tweeted on January 1. On January 10, Charlebois’ tweet had more than seven million views and hundreds of replies, the majority of which expressed disagreement with his position.

Some people online also called out Charlebois personally, revealing his income and saying he was an “accomplice” to Loblaw Companies Ltd. and the family of Galen Weston.

Outrage over soaring grocery prices has been a hot topic as inflation continues to impact Canadians.

Earlier in January, a photo of a package of chicken breasts at a Loblaw in Toronto went viral as people expressed outrage at its high price tag.

The photo, taken by CTV News reporter Siobhan Morris, showed a five-piece pack of chicken selling for nearly $27/kg.

In November, Loblaw and Metro reported growth in sales and earnings, but shared that they objected to continued supplier price increases.

Research from Dalhousie University also showed that the top three grocery companies in Canada – Loblaw, Metro and Empire – achieved higher profits in 2022 compared to their average performance over the past five years.

Notably, Loblaw outperformed its five-year average performance, but also did better than any of those years individually.

Food is becoming a concern for many Canadians, as a family of four is expected to spend around $1,066 more on groceries in 2023. (Photo by Chris Stoodley/Yahoo News Canada)

According to a December food report, a Canadian family of four will spend about $1,066 more on groceries in 2023, with food prices expected to rise by up to 7% from last year.

“In 2023, Canadians are expected to continue to feel the effects of high food inflation, and food insecurity and affordability will also be a big issue with rising food prices,” the report said. on the price of food in Canada.

“Canadians will still need to be prepared to spend more in the coming year.”

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