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Macadamia Nuts among hot commodities for thieves in Hawaii


Hawaii News Digest, 31 October 2017, 1420 UTC, Post #15879.


Reporter:  Sara Mattison (KHON 2).

Accessed on 31 October 2017, 1420 UTC.

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You can add macadamia nuts to the items preferred by thieves roaming Hawaii’s supermarkets. The situation has gotten so bad that the Walmart Store in Kunia is placing all macadamia nuts in locked boxes.

Tina Yamaki, president of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii, believes spam and macadamia nuts are easy to resell, and, therefore, are easy targets for thieves.

Although some of the produce stolen from Hawaii stores is used for drug money, most of the pilfered items are sold for cash.

Times Supermarket’s Floyd Mikasa says his store is taking action before losses become too great:

“We start limiting products on shelves when losses are too great. Some stores keep certain products like corned beef at the service center, and liquor behind lock and key to prevent theft…”

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