Walgreens says they are closing five more stores in the San Francisco area due to “organized retail theft.” Somehow, that phrase doesn’t do justice to what’s happening in San Francisco. Emboldened, organized gangs of thieves are going into drug stores with shopping carts, filling them to the rim with household goods and toiletries, and then sauntering out the door secure in the knowledge that no one will stop them, no one will confront them, and no one will arrest them.
In California, when they reduced penalties for shoplifting anything under $950, it became open season on retailers. Coupled with a “can’t be bothered” attitude of local law enforcement toward retail theft, there has been a pandemic of shoplifting.
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