Cape Cod Shop Hides Extract From Boozers

Thieves target baking product for alcohol content up to 35%
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2008 6:40 PM CDT
A Stop & Shop.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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.