Woman Arrested For Stealing $2,500 Worth Of Stanley Cups

The Stanley cup craze has driven some people to retail crime.

The total hysteria over Stanley tumblers is not only going strong, but has now led to the arrest of one shopper who just couldn't get their hands on enough cups to satisfy their thirst for trendy hydration. NBC News reports that a woman in California was arrested last week after police found $2,500 worth of Stanley cups in her car.

The woman, age 23, was pulled over by police after a nearby retail store called authorities to report a theft. The store's staff reported having seen the woman take a shopping cart full of Stanley water bottles without paying for them; despite their attempt to stop her, she loaded up her car with the merchandise and left.

In total, the woman was accused of stealing 65 Stanley tumblers, which totaled nearly $2,500 in retail value. The Stanley Quencher H2.0 FlowState 40-oz. stainless steel tumbler, the most popular item in the portfolio at the moment, retails for $49.95. The City of Roselle California Police Department posted a statement and images regarding the incident on Facebook. The images show a car's passenger seat and trunk filled with Stanley products.

"While Stanley Quenchers are all the rage, we strongly advise against turning to crime to fulfill your hydration habits," wrote the police department on Facebook.

Thanks in part to the #WaterTok sub-community on TikTok, in which influencers post videos of their elaborate flavored water creations in Stanley tumblers, the cups became the must-have water container of 2023 (and it's safe to say 2024 too, even though it's only January). The tumblers' popularity on social media coupled with the limited-time releases of pink and red Stanley cups at Target and Starbucks have caused mayhem in the aisles. A number of stores have had to limit purchases of Stanley containers to two per customer.

Even with those restrictions, the pink and red cups found their way to the secondary market, where they were listed for (and sold for) anywhere from $100 to $3,000. The California PD haven't released any further details on the Stanley cup bandit, but it's probably safe to say she wasn't just severely dehydrated.