By Eric Holder
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2021 May 21, 10:05am
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Soon after moving to San Francisco in 2016, I walked into a Walgreens in North Beach to buy an electric toothbrush.As I was paying for it, a man walked into the store, grabbed a handful of beef jerky and walked out. I looked over at an employee, who shrugged. Then I went to Safeway next door for some groceries and I saw a man stuffing three bottles of wine into a backpack and walking casually toward the exit. On his way out he bagged some snacks. I asked the Safeway clerk about the thefts.“I’m new to San Francisco,” I said. “Is it optional to pay for things here?”Five years later, the shoplifting epidemic in San Francisco has only worsened.At a board of supervisors hearing last week, representatives from Walgreens said that thefts at its stores in San Francisco were four times the chain’s national average, and that it had closed 17 stores, largely because the scale of thefts had made business untenable.Brendan Dugan, the director of the retail crime division at CVS Health, called San Francisco “one of the epicenters of organized retail crime” and said employees were instructed not to pursue suspected thieves because encounters had become too dangerous.“We’ve had incidents where our security officers are assaulted on a pretty regular basis in San Francisco,” Dugan said.The retail executives and police officers emphasized the role of organized crime in the thefts. And they told the supervisors that Proposition 47, the 2014 ballot measure that reclassified nonviolent thefts as misdemeanors if the stolen goods are worth less than $950, had emboldened thieves.“The one trend we are seeing is more violence and escalating — and much more bold,” said Commander Raj Vaswani, the head of the investigations bureau at the San Francisco Police Department. “We see a lot of repeat offenders.”San Francisco has suffered in a variety of ways during the pandemic. The city has had twice as many fatal drug overdoses as coronavirus deaths. Tents of legions of homeless people lined sidewalks during the lockdowns. But the hearing last week focused on something much more prosaic: One of the richest cities in America is struggling with sticky fingers.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
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The strategy of property busting worked so well in Detroit, you can buy a house for $200, and forest is reclaiming large tracts.
Wait, Wakanda is not what used to be called Detroit?
One article chronicled a multi-year effort by a socialist union leader, a Google employee, and a lesbian BLM supporter to stop a heroin addict who was repeatedly caught stealing packages. The junkie blamed racism, and refused to show up in court. Police officers came, wrote her tickets, and she went right on stealing. Judges issued bench warrants, and then released her, telling her to report to drug rehab, and she went right back to stealing. While one of her victims was in court waiting for the case to be heard, the thief was stealing packages from his porch.
You could make a nice living stealing just under $950 per trip and selling on eBay.
Now eBay reports all sales to the IRS…
keeprubbersidedown saysNow eBay reports all sales to the IRS…Why? IRS is responsible now for collecting some sort of federal sales tax I never heard of?
Power sellers need to pay income tax on their business.
Patrick sayshttps://notthebee.com/article/looting-is-so-bad-in-san-fran-that-stores-are-now-locking-up-toothpaste They have been doing this for years. Toothpaste is somewhat popular for some reason. Probably because items like toothpaste you can easily resell on eBay and are impossible to track
Wouldn't shipping costs essentially double the price for a tube of toothpaste?
FuckCCP89 saysWouldn't shipping costs essentially double the price for a tube of toothpaste?Have you seen the price of some of those toothpastes? I assume that the one being stolen are some sort of teeth whitening + sensitive teeth formula variety.
outside the city where shoplifting is still illegal
Any of you guys remember the store Service Merchandise? Everything in the store was behind glass and you took a number to the back of thr store paid for it and it came out on a conveyor belt.
Apparently it is statewide:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9811753/Two-thieves-brazenly-rob-TJ-Maxx-rash-California-shoplifting-continues.html Two thieves brazenly stroll out of TJ Maxx with armfuls of clothes: LAPD cop says 'criminals are winning' because law that classes theft under $950 as a misdemeanor
$950x365 = $346,750 per year. Tax-free.
Eric Holder says$950x365 = $346,750 per year. Tax-free.You can shoplift more then once per day.
,... maybe a higher level of rich people, like Jeff Bezos, actually do want to wipe out all in-person retail to kill all competition with Amazon and similar.
Good point. Maybe even Amazon is going to lose more to package theft because of these misguided laws.Who pays when someone steals your Amazon package?
Maybe the Walton family will put out a contract on Bezos.
Booger sayshttps://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/san-francisco-robbery-wave-hits-governor-gavin-newsom-s-wine-shop/ar-AAMFpMG I would guess a lot of the stats for crime in that article are vastly off since people have givin up on filing police reports.
clambo saysIf you have a store, black kids will rob you.If you have a car, Mexicans will steal your catalytic converter.And if you try to protect what's yours you'll be prosecuted and thrown to rot in jail.
If you have a store, black kids will rob you.If you have a car, Mexicans will steal your catalytic converter.
richwicks saysThey do this ALL THE TIME on the East Coast by they take their time doing it, like decades. This is just being done a bit more quickly.No it's been getting worse for half a century. We are talking about huge cities, maybe that might work on small ones. Detroit, LA, SF, Portland, ect are not turning around there populations have changed.
They do this ALL THE TIME on the East Coast by they take their time doing it, like decades. This is just being done a bit more quickly.
Booger sayshttps://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/07/california-legalized-theft-everyones-packages-were-daniel-greenfield/ This is the best part @Booger ...in bold:One article chronicled a multi-year effort by a socialist union leader, a Google employee, and a lesbian BLM supporter to stop a heroin addict who was repeatedly caught stealing packages. The junkie blamed racism, and refused to show up in court. Police officers came, wrote her tickets, and she went right on stealing. Judges issued bench warrants, and then released her, telling her to report to drug rehab, and she went right back to stealing. While one of her victims was in court waiting for the case to be heard, the thief was stealing packages from his porch.
OMFG newcum owns a wine store in SF? This makes me wanna don blackface with rainbow garb, and go rob his store.
If the damage is less than certain amount they said that do nothing.
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