Tide Detergent as Currency? In Dupont?

by Borderstan.com April 5, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,338 0

Dupont Circle Fountain, Dupont Festival, dita6500, Flickr

The Dupont Circle fountain. (dita6500 in the Borderstan Flickr pool)

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.

Even in the “well to do Dupont Circle” neighborhood, theft of Tide products runs rampant. It turns out that some drug customers are paying for their drugs in laundry detergent.

Based on the article in Yahoo! News, it seems that area CVS stores are having to put electronic tags and take security measures with  each bottle. It is a high demand item that has a relatively stable price, which apparently makes it a super sexy alternative to currency in drug transactions and on the black market.

If you find this hard to believe, please go check out season three of “The Wire”, where Bubbles has an ongoing ‘whitey sale’ of white T-shirts.

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