Beef jerky now protected inside glass cases at 7-Eleven in Toronto
Heads up if you're in need of a chewy snack at a busy Toronto 7-Eleven: you'll now have to ask one of the clerks to grab beef jerky for you.
The Bloor and Spadina outpost of the global convenience store chain has put all of its jerky products under lock and key to stop thefts, it would seem.
Gone are the days when dehydrated meat slabs lived on the front counter, waiting to be purchased as a mid-afternoon protein snack.
A huge glass case now greets customers as they first walk in, protecting the precious teriyaki, steak nuggets and spicy-flavoured animal flesh leather.
And yes, the vegan jerky is locked up too.
Stolen jerky is a big loss for this location, as some of the meat sticks are priced as high as $16.49. Even the store's lower priced, single beef rods are guarded, though they can cost as little as $1.29 each.
But it doesn't stop there. This location has locked up almost an entire aisle of goods, mainly toiletries and medicine.
Step into the home goods lane and you'll find children's Advil, hand cream, throat lozenges and even lube housed in a larger glass case with locked sliding doors.
A 7-Eleven clerk told blogTO on Tuesday that these household items (in addition to the jerky) were among the most stolen at their location, and as a result will now be guarded more closely.
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