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Shoplifting In America Is Wildly Out Of Control

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Shoplifters are going hog wild all over America, and our politicians seem powerless to stop this crisis.  When I was growing up, shoplifting was something that was pretty rare.  Once in a while some irresponsible idiot would slip a candy bar into his pocket, but it wasn’t something that retailers were too stressed out about.  But now everything has changed.  Retail “shrink” broke the 100 billion dollar barrier in 2022, and the final number for 2023 is expected to be even higher.  Stuff is being stolen from our major retailers on an industrial scale, and this is having very serious consequences.

From coast to coast, retail locations are being permanently shut down because there is no end in sight to this madness.

This is particularly true in our largest urban areas.  In San Francisco, a Macy’s store that had been open for 77 years is being closed down, and employees are telling the press that shoplifting was the primary factor behind the decision…

It isn’t just a few things that are going missing at that Macy’s store.

According to one employee, the men’s department is being systematically looted on a daily basis

Another employee says that most of the shoplifting is being done by drug users and groups of teens

Our national shoplifting crisis and our national drug crisis are very closely related.

Drug users need money to fund their habits, and shoplifting is one of the easiest ways to obtain things to sell.

At this point, it would be difficult to overstate the severity of the drug crisis in the state of California.  According to Governor Gavin Newsom, authorities in his state seized enough fentanyl last year “to potentially kill the global population nearly twice over”

That is certainly a lot of fentanyl.

If you can believe it, the amount of fentanyl that was seized in the state in 2023 was more than 10 times greater than the amount that was seized in 2021…

We have never seen anything like this before.

A lot of that fentanyl comes from Mexico, but a lot of it also comes from China.

The streets of California cities are flooded with addicts, and they are going to do whatever they have to do to feed their addictions.

So this shoplifting crisis is not going away.

At one hardware store in San Francisco, employees are now escorting customers around the store in a desperate attempt to reduce the level of shoplifting…

I think that we will soon see many more retailers offer “one-on-one shopping experiences” to their customers.

Major retailers just can’t keep losing inventory like they have been.

The amount of retail “shrink” in the United States has more than doubled in recent years, and it just continues to explode higher…

Sadly, there are some parts of the country where the looting of retailers has essentially become a way of life.

In fact, this has even been happening in our nation’s capital

Those kids wouldn’t have been able to loot that store multiple times per day if they had been put in prison the first time they did it.

But our politicians don’t want such harsh laws.

They want to coddle the criminals, and as a result much of the rest of the population is living in fear.

This is just another example of how upside down our society has become.

The solutions to our national shoplifting crisis are simple enough, but I doubt that we will see things turn around any time soon.

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    • truck driver

      Canadians come down from Canada and steal the shirt off your back then go back to The Toronto greyhound bus

    • truck driver

      Illegals are shoplifting everything. They have their EBT snap card but they shoplift anyway saying I’m a foreign national I don’t have to pay for this

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