Tide pod challenge has Tampa stores locking up their detergent

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TAMPA, Fla. (WTSP / CBS Newspath) -- The Tide Pod Challenge is a social media sensation that has young people dangerously biting into the laundry detergent pods, thus poisoning themselves.

Some retailers are taking security steps that might end up saving those taking part in the challenge as they try to reduce the number of people shoplifting the pricey pods.

“It's just people being, stupid, and misusing products,” said Taylor Alexander while shopping at a Tampa Walmart.

The store where Alexander shops has attached anti-theft devices on several of the pod containers. There are also signs on the detergent aisle warning customers the area is being monitored.

Video cameras are also mounted nearby.

In some parts of the country, the pods are under lock and key, putting laundry detergent in the same category as other protected products.



 
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