Devious drinkers have compelled at least one Massachusetts shop to put vanilla extract behind the counter, the Cape Cod Times reports. Owners of Stop & Shop in the town of Sandwich recently discovered empty bottles of the baking product stashed around the store. The extract can contain up to 35% ethyl alcohol, the same kind found in beer. "Some of them are pretty high—content wise," a police office said.
“It's on the rare side,” he added of the baking aisle abuse. “You have to be really hard-core. It would make you sick unless you're used to some bizarre stuff.” Other supermarkets on Cape Cod have yet to follow Stop & Shop's lead, but extract may be only the beginning: Police have also seen customers swilling mouthwash and aftershave for a quick buzz.