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Theft at a Kegger
Thieves across the nation are raiding the alleyways of bars and breweries to try and get their hands on kegs, and not for the reasons you’d think. They’re after the stainless steel kegs themselves, not the alcohol in them; in fact, the emptier they are the better.
The reason for the seemingly bizarre thefts is that the stainless steel metal fetches a price of more than $13 in Chicago, while in other parts of the country the metal can go for $30 or more. The prices have come down a little with the price drop in all commodities, but $30 for an empty keg could be enticing enough for these thieves to steal a truck load.
According to the Beer Association (there's a beer association?) 300,000 kegs were stolen in 2007 at a loss to the industry of $50 million dollars. Spokespersons and CEOs of breweries are in agreement that the situation is frustrating and losses have to be recouped somehow. Their solution is the raise the price of beer, though we think they would have done that with or without the thefts. But, it sort of begs the question, why is it so easy to steal these kegs from the alleyways?
If you need more money, there are probably better ways to make $30 than stealing kegs. Give us your best tips for earning quick cash! [USA Today]