In several major Democrat run cities shoplifting has taken on epic proportions. No, we don’t mean Homer is writing poems about it. And no, we don’t mean Homer Simpson. An example of this leftist policy nightmare is, as usual, San Francisco.
FNC: “A recent viral shoplifting incident has highlighted trends in parts of the country where offenders at local drugstores rule the roost – in one case, even able to ride through the store on a bike and take a garbage bag full of stolen good as shoppers, and security watched on…In San Francisco, District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s Proposition 47 made any nonviolent theft of items collectively worth $950 a misdemeanor, decreasing the penalties for such crimes… Walgreens has shuttered 17 stores in San Francisco over the past five years, the San Francisco Chronicle reported this week. And CVS has closed at least two, describing San Francisco as ‘the epicenter of organized retail crime.’ A CVS official told the New York Post about 85% of the company’s money losses in San Francisco are a result of what the report described as ‘professional crime.’
Viral video from earlier this week showed a brazen man riding a bike through a San Francisco Walgreens store hauling apparently stolen goods as he zipped his way past shoppers, including a security guard who was filming the incident on his cell phone, before he left out the door. The footage was captured by local KGO-TV reporter Lyanne Melendez and garnered thousands of likes and comments. ‘#NoConsequences,’ she wrote in the tweet, tagging San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.”
— Lyanne Melendez (@LyanneMelendez) June 14, 2021
“Unfortunately, this is another example of blatant retail theft which is an ongoing problem for several retailers in San Francisco,” a Walgreens spokesperson said. In December, the National Retail Federation (NRF) listed the cities affected by organized retail crime, with Los Angeles No.1. Chicago 2, followed by Miami, New York and then San Francisco. Three out of four Democrat run cities.
Georgia Attorney General Christopher M. Carr described the issue as “a growing problem…Organized retail crime impact 97% of retailers in Georgia – 97%. This criminal activity exposes Georgia’s workforce to potentially dangerous encounters, puts consumers at risk of unknowingly purchasing expired and defective goods and threatens the health and growth of local businesses.”
In a statement provided to press from a company that preferred public anonymity, they said they, like other firms, had “seen a dramatic increase in shoplifting incidents and losses from shoplifting since California sentencing laws changed in 2014 to make all theft below $950 a misdemeanor when it was previously a wobbler, either a felony or a misdemeanor based on prosecutorial discretion. Enterprising thieves have figured out there are few consequences to shoplifting if they keep the value of their crimes below $950.”
This piece was written by David Kamioner on June 21, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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