Woman Arrested for Allegedly Stealing $2,500 of Stanley Drinking Cups
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Woman Arrested for Allegedly Stealing $2,500 of Stanley Drinking Cups

Arrest is the latest episode in the viral craze over the water bottles

By SURYATAPA BHATTACHARYA
Wed, Jan 24, 2024 9:25amGrey Clock 2 min

The Stanley cup craze has taken a criminal turn.

A 23-year-old Sacramento, Calif., woman was arrested after allegedly stealing nearly $2,500 worth of Stanley cups from a retail store, local police said. The woman allegedly filled her shopping cart with Stanley Quenchers—the insulated cups that have thrown social-media into a frenzy in recent months—and left without paying.

When police tracked her down, they found her car filled with 65 of the cups, according to Lt. Chris Ciampa of the Roseville Police Department. She was arrested on charges of grand theft and driving under the influence, Ciampa said.

The arrest was the latest episode in the viral craze over the water bottles. The stainless-steel tumblers—the popular, 40-ounce version of which sells for $45—have become a status symbol for many women and teens, sparking chaos at retailers and launching a resale market where certain colors sell for more than $200 apiece. The hashtag #stanleytumbler has more than a billion views on TikTok and has been used more than 180,000 times on Instagram.

Stanley, which has been in business for more than a century, has long been a popular brand for hikers, teachers and construction workers. But as the Quencher’s popularity skyrocketed in recent years, its maker capitalised on the new demand with collaborations and a wider, pastel-driven colour palette.

“We were a brand that was a $70 million brand that appealed to guys with a green bottle that was 107 years old and is one of the greatest products in history,” Stanley’s president, Terence Reilly, said in an interview earlier this month. He added: “There was a big opportunity to reposition the brand and appeal to new consumers. And that’s just what we set out to do in 2020.”

In 2022, the company said there was a 150,000-person long wait list for the Quencher and sales had more than tripled from the prior year.

The cups have sparked a collectors’ craze, with devotees amassing dozens of colors and fighting over limited-edition releases. Ahead of one such release, for the Starbucks x Stanley pink Quencher, shoppers camped overnight outside Target locations to ensure they got a cup. The products sold out in minutes at some stores, and a viral video of frenzied shoppers rushing a display in one location sparked consternation online.

Those limited-edition pink cups, which are currently not available on Target or Stanley’s website, are now retailing for hundreds of dollars on resale sites like eBay and StockX.

Ciampa, the police lieutenant, said he believes the woman likely intended to resell online the 65 cups that were in her car. The department warned any potential thieves against repeating her behavior.

“While Stanley Quenchers are all the rage, we strongly advise against turning to crime to fulfil your hydration habits,” it said in a statement.



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Even amid two international conflicts and an upcoming U.S. presidential election, some philanthropic leaders are optimistic about the direction of overall giving through 2024.

Penta spoke with heads of several non-profits and leading philanthropists to gauge whether charitable giving will continue its reported slump from 2023 or rebound alongside renewed interest in various political and economic issues.

“Contrary to what some might expect, philanthropy has had resilience in these times,” says Stacy Huston, executive director of Sixdegrees.org, a youth empowerment non-profit based in Virginia founded by actor Kevin Bacon in 2007.

Huston’s view echoes recent data from the biennial Bank of America Study of Philanthropy published last year, which found that while affluent giving is largely down, the value of the average philanthropic gift is up 19%, surpassing pre-pandemic levels.

The notion of what these gifts look like is changing, and is partially responsible for the growth. Philanthropy can be executed through more avenues than ever, whether through celebrity association, tech titans stewarding large endowments, or  athletes using their platforms to advocate for and create meaningful change.

“The industry and movement is creating new models, and you want to get it right,” says Scott Curran, CEO of Chicago-based Beyond Advisers. “No one should take their foot off the gas pedal.”

Curran spent a number of years with the Clinton Foundation in its infancy before leaving in 2016 to open his own consultancy, which focuses on philanthropy strategy at the highest levels. Curran and his team work with celebrities, athletes, multi-generational family foundations, and other affluent givers who need guidance in directing their philanthropic efforts. It’s a growing area of interest: Over half of affluent households with a net worth between US$5 million and US$20 million have, or are planning to establish, “some kind of giving vehicle” within the next three years, according to the Bank of America report.

Corporate philanthropy, rather than individual giving, is the cornerstone of Marcus Selig’s work as chief conservation officer at the National Forest Foundation, a Congressionally chartered non-profit based in Montana responsible for protecting millions of acres of public lands.

“Our outlook is business as usual,” he says, advising that giving may slow down, but not enough for the foundation to change course.

Factors such as political polarisation in the U.S. and the wars in Eastern Europe and the Middle East are pushing nonprofits to consider their niche, and how they might work with other groups, both on the corporate and philanthropic levels, Selig says.

“It leads to a little more sharing on the ground in what needs to be done,” he adds.

Steve Kaufer , founder of Massachusetts-headquartered e-commerce giving platform Give Freely and founder of TripAdvisor, says that the economy has a much bigger role in election years, as he looks to build and grow something that can act as a “counterbalance.”

“There’s a trend towards democratisation, and acting collectively can lead to greater impact,” he says.

Kaufer’s new platform hopes to leverage the everyday philanthropist through online shopping dollars to benefit major charity partners like UNICEF and charity:water, who earn funds as shoppers choose an organisation to benefit through an online clickthrough process.

“Whether a good year or bad year, e-commerce will continue to keep growing,” he says. “Nobody doubts that.”

Whether a legacy foundation, corporation or individual, the political landscape this year is requiring some to exercise caution as they consider what their own charitable actions might be and how it could be viewed more broadly. For the personal philanthropist, every move is now scrutinised more closely. On the nonprofit side, entities are exercising more due diligence to understand if a specific donor aligns with their mission and that there aren’t any underlying issues that could cause greater pushback.

“You have to be able to walk the walk,” Huston says. “For example, we’ve had to turn down very large donor checks from corporations because there’s a Reddit stream calling them out on their human rights practices.”

She adds that even a routine charity activation could now be aligned with a political party, and that adds complexities to how a higher-profile organisation like Six Degrees can activate, especially as the film Footloose turns 40 in 2024 (which Bacon starred in).

“A lot of organisations and states want to align themselves with this feel good moment, and we should be able to stand side by side with everyone, but we have to be aware,” she says.

Another topic attracting donor interest today is  mental health, an area that historically has been underfunded and under-resourced by philanthropy, according to Two Bridge partner Harris Schwartzberg, who has been closely linked to the mental health space for more than a decade.

Today, the issue for mental health nonprofits is less about resources and more about societal divisiveness and polarisation around the topic. There’s an “overwhelming demand” for solutions, but the space is in a “perfect storm” for the broader political issues to make things worse, Schwartzberg says.

In Curran’s opinion, the storms brewing are troublesome, but they are also creating new opportunities for corporate and personal giving. The  current state of philanthropy is one of “dynamic, expansive, and blurred lines,” meaning a careful blending of targeted giving combined with an understanding of the broader geopolitical landscape could lead to a successful overall philanthropic strategy.

“There are a lot of headlines that distract, but shouldn’t,” he says. “2024 needs more serious philanthropists than ever.”

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