A group of small business owners in California are closing their doors to save inventory this holiday season as “smash and grab” robbers plague Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other west coast cities.
“This is sadly a sign-of-the-times this holiday season. Barricaded and boarded-up shopping mall entrances. One business owner is taking it one step further,” said a local reporter.
“The smartest and safest thing to do was to pull our inventory and close the doors,” said a prominent business owner. “Our retail store will be closed indefinitely until further notice.”
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faced a growing backlash from retailers across the country Monday after she denied the rise of “smash-and-grab robberies,” bizarrely asserting the “data didn’t back it up.”
“A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out,” Ocasio-Cortez stated.
“I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up,” she added.
“Organized retail crime is one of the top challenges facing” the company, Walgreens told The Washington Times, adding that the crime “has evolved beyond shoplifting and petty theft to the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods online.”
“I don’t know what data she is talking about,” said Rep. Rodney Davis, an Illinois Republican.
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LIBERAL UTOPIA! California Taxpayers to Spend $100 MILLION to Bailout Failing Marijuana Industry
Taxpayers in California may have to spend $100 million to “bailout” the failing marijuana industry as the legal market struggles to compete with the illegal trade of drugs in the Golden State.
“Los Angeles will be the biggest beneficiary of the money, which was proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to be provided as grants to cities and counties to help cannabis businesses transition from provisional to regular licenses,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
“California voters approved Proposition 64 five years ago and entrusted the Legislature with creating a legal, well-regulated cannabis market,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. “We have yet to reach that goal.”
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“Separately, the governor wants to give cannabis businesses a six-month extension beyond a Jan. 1 deadline to transition from provisional licenses by complying with mandates of the California Environmental Quality Act. That extension, which faces opposition for delaying promised environmental safeguards, was not included in the state budget bill approved Monday and is still being negotiated with lawmakers,” adds the LA Times.
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LIBERAL UTOPIA! San Fran Delivers Cigarettes, Alcohol, Marijuana to Homeless Infected with Coronavirus
San Francisco officials faced a growing backlash this week after reports the city delivered cigarettes, marijuana, and alcohol to homeless residents afflicted with the Coronavirus.
“San Francisco faces backlash as it delivers alcohol, tobacco and medical marijuana to 43 homeless addicts who have tested positive for coronavirus and are recovering in city-leased hotels so they do not leave to hunt for a fix and spread the virus,” reports the Daily Mail.
“San Francisco is using private donations to deliver alcohol, tobacco and medical marijuana to homeless addicts staying in city-leased hotels during the coronavirus pandemic,” adds the website. “As of Wednesday there are about 270 people, mostly homeless, staying in hotel rooms to recover from COVID-19 or to wait out possible exposure to the virus.”
“So far, 11 people have received alcohol, 27 have received tobacco and five have received medical marijuana, the San Francisco Chronicle reported,” reports the Daily Mail. “City officials said that private donations pay for the items, and that helping manage nicotine, opioid and alcohol cravings ensures that recovering people don’t go out and possibly infect others.”
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