Gristede’s owner John Catsimatidis says a gang of thieves is swiping ice cream from Gristede’s locations throughout New York, including on the Upper West Side.
“A Bonnie-and-Clyde duo coolly hit up Catsimatidis’ Gristedes store in Chelsea on Tuesday, stuffing 80 cartons of Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream into four bags before making for the door,” the Post reported.
Catsimatidis says the thieves are selling the ice cream from Gristede’s and other outlets like CVS to bodegas, which then resell it. Gothamist notes that some gross things can happen while the ice cream is in transit to its new home.
The problem for the average bodega ice cream buyer—ya know, aside from the ice cream being “hot”—is that the pints can be left to melt and grow bacteria before eventually being refrozen by the bad bodegas. “[It] looks like it’s been out in the sun for an hour and refrozen,” one such potential victim observed.