People are stealing old grease from restaurant and it’s… strange


Old grease is pretty rotten.

Don't get us wrong, we love anything fried… but stealing old restaurant grease is a weird thing to do.

Weird, until you find out how lucrative it is.

Bloomberg has reported an increase of thieves robbing old vegetable oil, and while it's completely gross, it makes them a hella loada cash.

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In fact, 30 per cent of 'golden goo' as they call it, now gets turned into biofuel, enough to make restaurants’ vats of grease the centerpiece of a thriving $75 million (€69m) black market industry.

Sumit Majumdar, who runs a grease-collection business in New York state, told Bloomberg, “It’s like crack money. There’s an actual market for stolen oil.

"It’s almost like a pawn shop or scrap-metal business," he added.

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This isn't a new crime either, as USA Today has noted that thefts of grease have been reported as early as 2010.

Do you think this kinda thing will catch on in Ireland? Or is it already happening…?