Expensive and treasured things are usually locked up and put behind glass so that they are safe.

You can now add Spam to that list in NYC. Because of inflation, Spam has to be locked up so it’s not stolen at a store in a Port Authority bus stop. Yes, the $3.99 can of Spam has become worthy of a security detail and is now under lock and key.

Complaints of petit larceny (theft of property with a low value, in New York it’s less than $1000) in the precinct where the Port Authority bus terminal is has increased 52% compared to the same period last year.

Safely enclosed by a plastic anti-theft case, the processed meat (is it really meat?) is a sight to behold, a rare jewel of canned edible vittles.

Spam is produced by the Hormel Foods Corporation and it came onto the scene in 1937, gaining popularity all over the world after getting popular during World War II. Spam is now sold in 41 countries on six continents.

There is a group of people who have always considered Spam a treasured item. Those people would be the participants of a festival in Austin, Texas called Spamarama. This year’s Spamarama in April included a cook-off, Spamalympics and the musical Spam Jam.

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This piece was written by Liberty Paige on August 3, 2022. It originally appeared in SteveGruber.com and is used by permission.

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