Shoplifting has become so rampant in San Francisco that retailers are closing stores.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this month that stores like Walgreens and CVS are closing locations in the city due to “out of control” shoplifting. The outlet spoke to 77-year-old John Susoeff, who used to pick up his prescriptions at a Walgreens two blocks from his home until it closed in March. Now he has to walk six blocks to the next nearest pharmacy. Susoeff sometimes requires a cane to walk, and also picks up prescriptions for his neighbors who have mobility issues.
“It’s terrible,” he told the Chronicle, explaining that almost everything in the store was locked up just before it closed. “I don’t blame them for closing.”
A nearby CVS closed in 2019 after similar issues, the outlet reported.
The problem, retailers told the Chronicle, is apparent organized retail crime:
Retailers attributed a majority of losses to professional thieves instead of opportunistic shoplifters who may be driven by