Walgreens is closing five stores in San Francisco amid an explosion of brazen shoplifting that is going virtually unpunished, according to reports.
After five more locations shut their doors for good in November, the pharmacy chain will have pulled nearly two dozen stores out of Fog City in the past five years.
“Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that,” Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso confirmed this week.
“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.”
“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,” San Francisco Board of Supervisor Ahsha Safai said of the closures on Tuesday.
Rampant lawlessness in the city has heavily affected many shops, as vagrants help themselves to merchandise with few to no consequences under California law changes that reclassified theft involving under $950 of goods as a nonviolent misdemeanor.
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