Columnist Phil Matier writes within the SFChroncile about rampant, brazen shoplifting in San Francisco.

After months of seeing its cabinets repeatedly cleaned out by brazen shoplifters, the Walgreens at Van Ness and Eddy in San Francisco is on the brink of shut.

…“All of us knew it was coming. Each time we go in there, they at all times have issues with shoplifters, ” stated longtime buyer Sebastian Luke, who lives a block away and is a frequent buyer who has been posting photographs of the thefts for months. The opposite day, Luke photographed a person casually clearing a few cabinets and putting the products right into a backpack.

Many of the remaining merchandise have been locked behind plastic theft guards, which have grow to be more and more frequent at drugstores in recent times.

However at Van Ness Avenue and Eddy Avenue, even the jugs of clothes detergent on show have been looped with locked anti-theft cables.

When a clerk was requested the place all the products had gone, he stated, “Go ask the folks within the alleys, they’ve all of it.”

No sooner had the clerk spoken than a person carrying a virus masks walked in, emptied two cabinets of snacks right into a bag, then headed again for the door. As he walked previous the checkout line, a buyer referred to as out, “Certain you don’t need a drink with that?”

…Beneath California regulation, theft of lower than $950 in items is handled as a nonviolent misdemeanor. The utmost sentence for petty theft is six months in county jail. However more often than not the suspect is launched with circumstances hooked up.

Some shops have employed personal safety companies or off-duty cops to discourage would-be thieves. However safety is pricey and may price upward of $1,000 a day. Add within the losses from theft, and the price of doing enterprise can grow to be too excessive for a retailer to remain open.

Maybe San Francisco helps us with Tyler’s “solve for the Seattle Equilibrium” problem.

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