Walgreens announced they are closing five stores in San Francisco due to an uptick in “organized retail crime” in the Democrat-dominated city.
Phil Caruso, spokesperson for Walgreens made the announcement on Tuesday.
“Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that,” Caruso said.
He added, “Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average.”
The spike in organized theft and subsequent closings come despite the fact that Walgreens, according to Caruso, “increased our investments in security measures in stores across the city to 46 times our chain average.”
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Walgreens Shutters Multiple Stores In San Francisco
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Walgreens reported that it has closed ten of its stores across the city, including one which was losing approximately $1,000 per day due to theft.
Ahsha Safai, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, said the latest spate of closures is ‘devastating’ and will leave a lasting negative effect on the community.
“This Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and has been a staple for seniors, families and children for decades,” he tweeted. “This will have a significant impact on the community.”
I am completely devastated by this news – this Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and has been a staple for seniors, families and children for decades. This closure will significantly impact this community.
— Ahsha Safai 安世輝 (@Ahsha_Safai) October 12, 2021
Over the summer, a video was released showing retail theft at San Francisco Walgreens.
“In June, a masked man was caught on video at a Walgreens, stuffing items into a trash bag before cruising out of the store on a bicycle,” the Associated Press reported.
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Many factors have contributed to organized theft’s rise in San Francisco, California.
Proposition 47 was adopted in the Golden State by 2014 and reduces a wide range of felonies to misdemeanors. It includes theft when a stolen item doesn’t exceed $950.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, meanwhile, has been described by the Heritage Foundation as a “rogue prosecutor.”
As such, his modus operandi includes “refusing to prosecute huge categories of crimes” and “abusing the power and authority of their offices by not enforcing the law.”
HINT: get a REAL DA in SF’s DA office , holy moly. @chesaboudinMUST Resign Now https://t.co/7VvEFUYFzZ
— Richie Greenberg (@richieSF2016) October 13, 2021
“There are serious consequences for crimes in San Francisco, and I believe that people who commit crimes must be held to answer,” Boudin defended.
“But it must be done in ways that reduce rather than create future crime.”
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Another outlet is also experiencing the consequences of an increase in organized crime in San Francisco.
Target stated that it was closing its stores in New York City to combat shoplifting in summer.
“With the safety of our guests, team members, and communities as our top priority, we’ve temporarily reduced our operating hours in six San Francisco stores,” a spokesperson in July.
Target slashes store hours in San Francisco over shoplifting, city’s far-left DA blames police https://t.co/rfQDsxDHge
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) July 3, 2021
“For more than a month, we’ve been experiencing a significant and alarming rise in theft and security incidents at our San Francisco stores, similar to reports from other retailers in the area,” Target said in a statement.
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