San Franciscans looking for brooms and bleach to clean the city’s growing piles of human feces and used needles will need to get them from Target before 6:00 p.m.
Target announced their San Francisco locations will now only operate from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., citing an “alarming rise” in shoplifting after liberal voters approved a ballot measure downgrading most theft from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Most Target locations nationwide open between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.
“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,” said Target spokesperson Brian Harper-Tibaldo.
“Target is engaging local law enforcement, elected officials, and community partners to address our concerns. 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,” said Harper-Tibaldo.
The change in San Francisco law, pushed by leftists and “Defund The Police” activists, created an explosion in crime and viral videos of thieves openly loading bicycles and bags as people record them.
— Lyanne Melendez (@LyanneMelendez) June 14, 2021
Walgreens and CVS drug stores also report skyrocketing crimes in their stores.
“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,” The New York Times’ Thomas Fuller writes.
CVS stores are even pulling back security guards, despite the rising crime, because the decision to downgrade shoplifting emboldened thieves and made them more violent.
“ORC (Organized Retail Crime) rings are recruiting juveniles, homeless to steal items and turn around into bigger crimes like human trafficking,” said California Retailers Association President and CEO Rachel Michelin.
“That is what we are trying to stop. It’s a growing problem in our stores, online marketplaces, and communities and we need elected officials and law enforcement to help the retail industry fight this issue,” said Michelin.
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