Michael Fromhold, from Florida, was stunned when he noticed that the meat at his local Walmart had been locked up in what appears to be a rather dramatic attempt to prevent people from stealing it.
Michael took a video of it and shared it to TikTok where it quickly went viral - gaining more than four million views in a matter of days - and the clip lead some viewers to lament the fact that such measures have become necessary.
The video, which showed the Angus beef wrapped in chains with an electronic security tag, comes amid growing concern about the rising crime rates across the country - something that Michael quickly lamented in his post.
'You gotta be kidding me,' Michael began in the video, as he held up the protected meat. 'Walmart now has the steak locked up. Holy s**t it's come to this. This is getting bad.'
Taking extra precautions: Walmart has begun stashing its $20 ribeye steaks behind metal cages amid rising crime rates across the U.S.
Michael Fromhold (pictured), from Florida, was stunned when he noticed that the meat at his local Walmart had been locked up to seemingly prevent people from stealing it
Michael took a video of it and shared it to TikTok - and the clip lead some viewers to lament the fact that such measures have become necessary at Walmart (stock photo)
It is unclear whether or not the cages are being used in all Walmart stores across the country, or whether the company is implementing the safety measures in stores that are located in areas of high crime.
DailyMail.com has reached out to a Walmart spokesperson for comment.
Many people shared their dismay over Walmart's new protective measures in the comment section, with one calling the world we live in 'sad.'
The video, which showed the Angus beef wrapped in chains with an electronic security tag, comes amid growing concern about the rising crime rates across the country
Another slammed all the 'low lives' that are 'out there robbing the store.'
'Sorry to say, it'll only get worse as inflammation continues to rise and food shortages start to impact us,' read a third comment.
Someone else suggested that the cages were installed to stop people from changing the prices stickers, not to prevent theft.
'How are we supposed to get that thing off?' asked a different TikTok user. 'They only have two employees in the whole store and we have to check out ourselves.'
'People have to steal to afford to eat... It's a shame!' wrote another.
'I don't know which is worse - the fact that it's locked up or that it's almost $21,' chimed in another user.
Others, who said they were former grocery store employees themselves, shared their own experiences with robbery.
Many people shared their dismay over Walmart's new protective measures in the comment section, with one calling the world we live in 'sad'
Others, who said they were former grocery store employees themselves, shared their own experiences with robbery
'I'm not surprised,' one person wrote. 'I worked retail for many years and had regular thieves just as much as customers.'
'You would be surprised how many people try to walk out with meat,' added another.
'Yes, people put it down their pants and everything,' agreed a different commenter. 'It's nuts but it's necessary.'
Some people on Twitter also claimed that Walmart has been locking up their crab meat.
'The Walmart by us is so ghetto they lock up the crab legs,' a man named Charlie tweeted last January.
'This is so f**king ghetto because why the Walmart near me lock up the canned crab? Because it’s expensive and people be stealing?' wrote another user last month.
'I guess crab meat is a hot commodity out here in Richmond, Virginia. They have it under lock and key at the Walmart neighborhood market,' a third message read. 'I couldn’t bring myself to buying this last container of protected crab meat.'
According to FBI data, there were a total of 1.3 million violent offenses reported in America during 2020, or 388 for every 100,000 people - a five per cent increase from 2019.
Some people on Twitter also claimed that Walmart has been locking up their crab meat
In Florida - where Michael lives - there is a violent crime rate of 384 incidents for every 100,000 people.
The non-partisan Council on Criminal Justice released a study last month that confirmed homicide rates to be climbing throughout major U.S. cities.
It found through a sampling of 22 cities that the number of slayings last year was five per cent higher than 2020 and 44 per cent greater than in 2019.
In Chicago, murder is at its highest in nearly 30 years - recording 836 homicides in 2021, up from 770 in 2020. There were 492 people killed in the Windy City in 2019.
Aggravated assault and gun assault rates increased by six per cent and eight per cent, respectively in 2020, compared to the previous year.
Nearly every single police precinct in New York City has seen spikes in crime so far this year - including five in which the rate has doubled, data from the NYPD shows.
Overall crime has gone up by nearly 39 per cent in the city, with 7,230 incidents this year as compared to last year’s 5,211.
It's not just Florida... Robbery in New York City has risen recently - going up by about 33 per cent in the week ending on January 23, according to the NYPD