I note, with growing anger and irritation, that the authorities in California appear unwilling to do anything to stop the epidemic of shoplifting that's plaguing major cities in that state.
Retail thefts have been troubling major cities in recent months, forcing some stores to close their doors or limit operating hours.
Multiple incidents in California have been captured on camera, including a viral video from earlier this month that shows a group of shoplifters dashing out of a Neiman Marcus department store in San Francisco and jumping into idling getaway cars.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, another video that began circulating online last week appears to show two men in the suburb of Granda Hills casually leaving a TJ Maxx store with their arms full of items.
Authorities and retail officials in San Francisco have said that packs of shoplifters have regularly made off with merchandise to be resold.
Shoplifters aren't stealing "one or two items that someone might need to get by," San Francisco Police Department spokesman Robert Rueca told Fox News last week. "Our investigations have shown that there are organized fences where people are selling these products that they steal."
Millions of dollars’ worth of merchandise has been stolen from retailers in San Francisco, California Retail Association President Rachel Michelin told Fox News, adding that the funds from stolen items are ultimately used by crime syndicates.
There's more at the link.
It seems that District Attorneys in that state - backed up by ultra-liberal town and city councils - have decided not to prosecute thefts involving a value of less than $950 or thereabouts. The result, inevitably, has been an explosion of such thefts.
During the rioting and looting last year, this meme was doing the rounds:
I think it's high time California passed a similar law directed against shoplifters. If they're on any sort of government benefit, state or federal, at the time of their offense, then after conviction they should forfeit any and all rights to such benefits for the rest of their lives. Instead, that money should go into a fund to reimburse the victims of their crimes.
Another thing. District Attorneys and prosecutors who refuse to indict the criminals involved should immediately forfeit their jobs, be disbarred from legal work, and be banned from holding any public office, elected or appointed, for the rest of their lives.
Do those two things, and I reckon the epidemic of shoplifting in California would vanish almost overnight.