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The First Crime Attributable To Global Warming?

From the CBS Atlanta affiliate, WAOK:

Two Men Accused Of Stealing $65,000 Worth Of Chicken Wings

January 28, 2013

DORAVILLE, Ga. (CBS/AP) – Two Georgia men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing $65,000 worth of frozen chicken wings from a cold storage business where they worked, CBS Atlanta reports.

Police said storage facility employees 35-year-old Dewayne Patterson and 26-year-old Renaldo Jackson are charged with theft after stealing the wings from Nordic Cold storage in Doraville, just north of Atlanta.

A rental truck was pulled up to a bay door at the storage facility and was then loaded with 10 pallets of Tyson frozen chicken wings, according to a police report. Managers told police that Jackson used a forklift to load the wings wile Patterson served as a lookout.

CBS Atlanta reports that one five-pound bag of frozen Tyson’s chicken wings sells for about $12.50, and a nationwide chicken shortage is now driving up the price of wings. The station estimates that about 26,000 pounds of wings were stolen from the facility.

Shopper James Collins told CBS Atlanta that the rising price of chicken is not the only reason for the timing of the theft.

“$65,000 in chicken wings? Sounds like a well-planned heist with the Super Bowl coming up,” said Collins.

Police said there has been no word on the whereabouts of the wings.

Here is a little more background on the surge in the price of chicken wings, from CNN’s Money.com:

Super Bowl alert: Chicken wings will cost you

By Emily Jane Fox | January 28, 2013

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — When it comes to the Super Bowl, there’s lots of chatter about the millions of dollars spent on ads and the sky-high price of tickets.

But what will really hurt your wallet come game day? Chicken wings.

Every year, the cost of the beloved game-time grub shoots up at the end of January as restaurants gear up to feed the masses for the NFL’s big showdown.

Prices usually go down soon after. But that drop never happened last year, because sweeping droughts in the Midwest drove up feed prices, agricultural experts say. As a result, the price of chicken farming, and therefore wings, has been gradually increasing.

The wholesale price of wings was up 26%, to $1.90 a pound in December from a year earlier, according to David Harvey, an agricultural economist specializing in poultry and eggs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

So this might be the first crime ever caused by global warming. (Apart from ‘crimes against humanity,’ of course.) Since chicken wings have only become a hot commodity on the black market because there is a chicken wing shortage caused by the drought in the Midwest. Which of course is entirely due to global warming.

And that the demand is even higher now because of the upcoming Super Bowl, just makes this story that much more topical. It shows the dangers of both global warming and the NFL.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “The First Crime Attributable To Global Warming?”

  1. dasher

    My wife, yes, my dog, maybe, my chicken wings? Never!!

  2. USSFreedom

    Not the first, A. GORE’s movie #1.


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