Wednesday, October 21, 2020

San Francisco: Shoplifters Gone Wild

It’s happening in New York City. So, why wouldn’t it be happening in thoroughly woke San Francisco. After all, it’s the home of Twitter.

In one of New York’s prime shopping districts, Soho, thieves have learned that they can walk into high end boutiques and walk out with whatever they want-- or whatever they can fence. The store owners do nothing. The police do nothing. No one does anything to stop them.

Given the current cultural climate, enforcing the law makes you racist.

Store owners, even those who belong to major chains, have only one recourse-- they shut down.

Zero Hedge has the story from San Francisco:

The effects of allowing chaos to prevail in liberal run cities across America might not be obvious to liberals now, but when their cities empty out completely, it's going to become crystal clear.

Such is the case in San Francisco, where the city's new normal of shoplifting and chaos has driven another Walgreens pharmacy out of the city. 

The move to close the Walgreens at Van Ness and Eddy came after "months of seeing its shelves repeatedly cleaned out by brazen shoplifters", according to the SF Chronicle. The location served "many older people" who lived in the area. 

One customer told the paper: "All of us knew it was coming. Whenever we go in there, they always have problems with shoplifters."

Shoplifters gone wild:

The same customer photographed someone in the store, days prior, "clearing a couple shelves and placing the goods into a backpack". Because when there's no police and politicians are afraid to enforce the law - why not?

Aren’t there laws about this? Yes, but… the people who run San Francisco have loosened the laws, to the point where the thieves can do whatever they please, with impunity. As you know, the district attorney of San Francisco, one Chesa Boudin, is a child of the weather underground. He is not only soft on crime. He is for crime.

The penalty for shoplifting is a "nonviolent misdemeanor" that carries a maximum sentence of 6 months. But in most cases, for simple shoplifting, the criminal is simply released with conditions.

The customer, who lives a block away, said: “I feel sorry for the clerks, they are regularly being verbally assaulted. The clerks say there is nothing they can do. They say Walgreens’ policy is to not get involved. They don’t want anyone getting injured or getting sued, so the guys just keep coming in and taking whatever they want.”

When the Chronicle went to visit the store, they noticed "aisle after aisle of near empty shelves" and said that beauty products seemed to be a favored target. While the Chronicle was in the store, a man with a mask on walked in, emptied two shelves into a bag and walked out the door. 

When they asked a clerk where all the products were, the clerk responded: “Go ask the people in the alleys, they have it all.”

Walgreen corporate commented: “Organized retail crime in San Francisco has increased the challenge for all retail, and Walgreens is not immune to that.”

This location is the third Walgreens to close in the city over the past year. 

So, it’s the third Walgreens. It is unlikely to be the last.

But, what will happen when there are no more stores to loot?


21st Century Boy said...

If chains like Walgreens hadn't already wiped out most all of our favorite local shops and turned America into one giant parking lot we might actually give a shit.

Sam L. said...

Wellllll, they could (COULD) put in two sets of jail bar doors at the entrance, allowing ONE person at a time through. But abandoning the store, that's a "you and the donkey you rode in on" statement. And Frisco has EARNED it.

Unknown said...

To be fair, people wanted to shop at Walgreens, which was cheaper. And now many prefer to shop at Amazon, which is convenient.

jabrwok said...

Crime drives poverty much more than the reverse.

trigger warning said...

I expect to be hearing impassioned screeching about "pharmacy deserts" soon. :-D

Shoplifting is one element of "shrinkage", a term covering everything from employee theft to overstocking. These days, shrinkage due to shoplifting is frequently controlled with technology. But if shoplifting is de facto, if not de jure, legal, technology is not a solution. The alternatives include closing doors, as above, or raising prices. So the good folks - i.e., Deplorables - in Chigger Ridge AL may soon be paying for the policies of blue city district attorneys.

AlphaOmega said...

>> But, what will happen when there are no more stores to loot?

“The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
------------ M. Thatcher