Aldi Sign Saying Steaks Can't Be Sold on Shelf Due to Theft Ignites Debate

A sign at an alleged Aldi grocery store is turning heads by claiming steaks can't be sold on the shelf because of theft, sparking a debate over the situation.

The viral TikTok, captioned, "Grocery shopping..." has been viewed 615,800 times and liked 7,000 times since it was shared on April 7. The five-second clip posted by TikToker @315brittany, or Brittanyy Gawarecki, had the song Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz playing in the background.

The Washington Post reported in 2020 that shoplifting has increased since the start of the pandemic, and it's happening more than in previous "economic downturns." The items being stolen are necessities and "staples," which include things like pasta, bread, and baby formula.

The video started with a look at some bare shelves where the beef filet, black Angus beef, and beef cubed steak should be. A sign was taped to one of the bare shelves that read, "Due to high theft, we can no longer put steaks on the shelf. Please ask associates if needed. Thank you." It concludes with the statement, "Sorry for the inconvenience."

The TikToker zoomed in on the sign and then out again before the clip ended. On other areas of the shelf were different meat options, including beef stew meat and lean ground beef. However, the steak areas were void of any products.

Steak on cutting board
A sign at an alleged Aldi claimed steaks can't be sold on the shelf because of theft in a viral video. Here, a cooked steak on a cutting board. VLADIMIR MIRONOV/GETTY

Over 900 comments poured in over the viral moment, and a debate ensued in the comments.

"Another domino impact of the theft some try to justify," a TikToker wrote.

While another viewer thinks it's not surprising. "It was only a matter of time before retailers started doing this," they reasoned.

One TikToker had its own theory of what's to come. "Soon it's all going to be in vending machines or online order only," they said.

Some people didn't mince words. "How sad what this country has become," a TikToker said.

A viewer mentioned the cost of steak. "I mean, most of the steak is $25 plus now, so what did they expect?" they asked.

However, some people had a different outlook on things. "Good, I say steal whatever you can!" a TikToker said. "They are overpaying just to turn profits."

Self-check-out options were also called into question. "And still moving forward with more self-check-outs," a TikToker reasoned. "Theft wasn't as high when we had cashiers to check out."

Some people think things won't be improving anytime soon. "It could get worse than that when more people get desperate!" a TikToker added.

Another viewer put in their two cents when they said, "The higher food prices get, the worse this will get."

Newsweek reached out to TikToker @315brittany and Aldi for comment.

That isn't the only viral news involving meat. A video featured a steak locked up in chains with a security lock allegedly at a Walmart.

In another clip, an alleged former employee of Wendy's made a claim that the store served "expired meat."

In addition, a dog went viral for taking a steak from the kitchen.