AOC Faces Backlash for Calling ‘Organized Retail Theft’ Crimewave a ‘Hoax’
'I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was torched for trying to downplay the smash-and-grab crimewave which has destroyed retail outlets in recent months.
AOC dismissed the allegations of “organized retail theft” as a hoax with not much evidence to back it up.
“[A] lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up.”
The smash-and-grab crimewave impacted retail outlets resulting in billions of dollars in losses.
The AP reported:
“National retail groups last month estimated the annual losses to being in the tens of billions of dollars."
“Some states’ attorney generals are supporting a congressional bill that would require more prevention efforts by large online marketplaces, where experts say many of the stolen goods are fenced.”
Last Friday, San Francisco Bay Area authorities conducted “one of the largest retail theft busts in California history,” where $8 million worth of merchandise was uncovered from CVS, Target, and Walgreens.
“This level of violence has taken it to a whole new level,” Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retailers Association, told the New York Times.
“No one has seen this before.”
Retail outlet groups and politicians critised Ocasio-Cortez for her dismissal of the problem.
“Respectfully, the Congresswoman has no idea what she is talking about," said Jason Brewer, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) senior executive vice president of communications.
"Both the data and stack of video evidence make fairly clear that this is a growing problem in need of solutions."
“If she is not concerned with organized theft and increasingly violent attacks on retail employees, she should just say that.”
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The retail outlet Walgreens, which has reportedly closed dozens of stores due to the rampant crime wave, told the Washington Times that “organized retail crime is one of the top challenges facing” the company."
It adds that the problem “has evolved beyond shoplifting and petty theft to the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods online.”