I was shopping yesterday and was struck by seeing certain items kept under lock and key.

During the course of our lifetime, we have witnessed various stores having to lock-up expensive items because of potential theft.

Now, while going up-and-down the shopping aisles, we see basic items such as laundry detergent being kept under lock and key.

Did you ever think that you would live to see that?

My shopping experience occurred in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

I realize that this is not a brand new experience. It’s been going on for quite a while.

However, since the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears to have escalated significantly.

During the pandemic, many did their shopping over the internet. Many still do. Those who returned to retail stores, can see the ramped-up security measures that are now in place.

We’re all conditioned to basically look past expensive items such as jewelry, watches game consoles and many other items being kept under lock-and-key. This is not new.

For these type of purchases you need to see a store staff member to look at these items and to make a purchase.

Now, you need to find a staff member to buy laundry detergent, deodorant and other basic items.

For the record, I’m not putting down any establishment that has had to resort to this level of security.

Stores are being forced to close all over the country because of record-level theft that has been occurring with great regularity.

Some businesses may have to resort to putting all items in the store under lock-and-key.

Others are looking to employ armed security to try and deter the rampant theft.

It is becoming a delicate balance to implement locking mechanisms and armed presence, without turning existing and potential clientele off.

It is a very sad state of the times that we currently live in.

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