East Village resident Steven Hirsch, a photographer who contributes to the Post, happened to be in the store at the time. Per the Post article:
Two helpless Trader Joe's staffers had followed the man up an escalator leading to the store's exit but only stopped him from taking a shopping basket outside — not the meat, the video shows.
"They basically just tell us not to do anything, just let them go," a Trader Joe's worker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, later explained to The Post.
"We get in trouble if we do anything … It don't bother me, I've been working here for two years, I see it happen every day. After a while, you just don't care."The man initially told Hirsch that he paid for the items, but then "claimed that he was homeless and had stolen the food to eat."
"I'm gonna eat it," the man says in the video. "I'm f–king hungry."
The incident made the cover of the Post under the headline "Hamburglar," part of a larger package on how CRIME is UP throughout the city.