Walgreens to Close 5 San Francisco Stores over Soft Laws on 'Organized Retail Crime'
Shoplifting continues to skyrocket thanks to 'woke' approach to crime
Walgreens has announced it has been forced to shut down five San Francisco locations because of problems with "organized retail crime."
The pharmacy chain said that each location will close next month and will shift prescriptions to another store in the area.
The company has been plagued with soaring shoplifting attacks because of soft laws regarding "low-level" crime.
The soft approach has seen a rise in brazen, broad daylight robberies, with stores left helpless as police are unable to respond.
"Due to ongoing organized retail crime, we have made the difficult decision to close five stores across San Francisco," a Walgreens spokesperson informed Fox Business via a statement.
"Each store will transfer prescriptions to a nearby Walgreens location within a mile radius and we expect to place the stores' team members in other nearby locations."
"Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that," the spokesperson noted.
"Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average.
"During this time to help combat this issue, we increased our investments in security measures in stores across the city to 46 times our chain average in an effort to provide a safe environment."
Cell phone video taken inside a #SanFrancisco Walgreens shows a man packing a garbage bag full of items while multiple people, including security filmed from feet away. Video shows him riding right past them on his bike down the aisle and out the door. https://t.co/llBFeD1cjp pic.twitter.com/9BwSHuTVII— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) June 15, 2021
According to SFGATE, Walgreens has shut down at least 10 stores in San Francisco since the beginning of 2019.
"@Walgreens will be closing 5 additional stores in San Francisco - including the one located at 4645 Mission St in the Excelsior," tweeted Ahsha Safai, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
I am completely devastated by this news - this Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and has been a staple for seniors, families and children for decades. This closure will significantly impact this community.— Ahsha Safai 安世輝 (@Ahsha_Safai) October 12, 2021
"I am completely devastated by this news," he tweeted.
"This Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and has been a staple for seniors, families and children for decades.
"This closure will significantly impact this community."