When visitors arrive in San Francisco, CA, they may be in for a few surprises.
In 2019, we reported about the feces crisis in Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hometown. The problem with human feces in the streets was so bad that an online feces map was created to help residents navigate without having to step over too many piles in the streets and sidewalks. In our article, we addressed the out-of-control cost of living, high taxes, and how it’s creating a mass exodus out of the sanctuary city of San Fransisco, CA. to red states and cities.
Now, in addition to feces on the streets and the homelessness crisis in San Francisco, store owners are dealing with a government-sanctioned shoplifting crisis.
San Francisco has become a shoplifter’s paradise — with thieves like the one caught on video looting a Walgreens emboldened by relaxed punishment for the crime as businesses shutter, cops say.
The Walgreens heist, which happened right in front of a security guard, renewed the debate over a controversial city law called Proposition 47 that lowers the penalty for stealing less than $950 in goods from a felony to a misdemeanor.
“What happened in that Walgreens has been going on in that city for quite a while,” San Francisco police Lt. Tracy McCray said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday.
“If you steal below $950, you get a citation and you just get to walk away and if you don’t show up to court, guess what?” McCray said. “Maybe you get a bench warrant or maybe they even toss that before it even gets to that point.”
“I’m used to it,” McCray continued. “I mean, we can have a greatest hits compilation of people just walking in and cleaning out the store shelves and security guards, the people who work there, just standing by helplessly because they can’t do anything.”
Watch the incredible scene here:
San Francisco has decriminalised petty theft. Cops can't stop or prosecute anyone who steals anything worth less than $900. So people have been picking things up at stores and walking (or cycling) out. First world. pic.twitter.com/nPJtGVPCKY
— Ajit Datta (@ajitdatta) June 15, 2021
According to the Independent – Walgreens says petty theft in the city has gotten so out of control that it’s had to close 17 of its stores. CVS has told its employees not to intervene because the thieves so often attack them, calling San Francisco “one of the epicenters of organized retail crime.”
“We’ve had incidents where our security officers are assaulted on a pretty regular basis in San Francisco,” Brendan Dugan, head of CVS’ retail crime division, said at a 13 May hearing with city officials, according to a New York Times report.
Police agree that the stealing has become endemic.
“The one trend we are seeing is more violence and escalating – and much more bold,” Commander Raj Vaswani of the San Francisco Police Department said at the hearing. “We see a lot of repeat offenders.”
Even more shocking is the fact that many shoplifters then sell their stolen goods on the street – often not far from the store where they stole them.
For example, the Walgreens at 30th St and Mission St reported 16 shoplifting incidents from November 2020 to February 2021. Just six blocks away, at 24th St and Mission, a city official said he saw Walgreens’ products being sold at an outdoor market.
“Half of Walgreens was on the sidewalk. I’m not kidding,” Ahsha Safaí, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, told The New York Times. “I was blown away. I’ve never seen anything like it in this city.”
Meanwhile, local residents are angry – at the stores. When a Walgreens that had seen 18 stealing incidents in four months announced it was closing, a group of citizens started a petition demanding that it remain open.