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Stores report rising baby food thefts as price rises drive parents to desperation

20 9 12

Pharmacies and grocery stores have reported increasing theft of baby food in recent months, as high prices force struggling parents to steal in order to feed their children, Hebrew media reported on Thursday.

The phenomenon has led many stores to remove baby products from their shelves and lock them up behind the counters.

Ohad Sandler, CEO and owner of the Good Pharm chain told Channel 12 that at his stores, there was a “35-40 percent rise in the amount of stealing.”

“Mostly you encounter situations that are really unpleasant. A mother, a father, trying to steal in order to provide a basic need to their children,” Sandler said.

One mother complained to Channel 12 that she has to spend “NIS 150 ($45) to buy Similac [baby formula] and diapers” each week for her one-year-old daughter.

“I really don’t know who it’s........

© The Times of Israel

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