An immigrant who came to the United States from Afghanistan and opened a business in Democrat-controlled San Francisco says that the conditions in the city are worse than in Afghanistan.
The immigrant, who only goes by Zaid, told Fox News that gangs had stolen more than $100,000 in merchandise and cash from his tobacco store, Cigarettes R Cheaper, and none of them have been caught.
“The politicians need to get a grip on this because it’s worse than Afghanistan or Iraq,” he said. “At least in Afghanistan the Taliban will cut your hand off and people are afraid to commit such a crime.”
Zaid said he sees stores around town getting robbed nearly daily, and he believes it’s because the criminals “know the police won’t do anything.”
He said the seven criminals who robbed his store were there for 20 minutes and left in two cars before police arrived.
“We have drugs issue, we have homeless issue, and on top of this these idiots come in here and take whatever they want,” Zaid said. “The city has gone downhill, especially the last two years since COVID, I’ve never seen it worse. People are afraid to come shopping here because they are either going to get robbed or someone will break into their car.”
Zaid, who has been in the U.S. for more than 30 years, said that he might shut down his store because safety is his top priority.
In April, a Whole Foods location in downtown San Francisco closed. A source in San Francisco City Hall told a local news outlet that drug use and criminal activity from individuals near the store played a role in the closure.
“We are closing our Trinity location only for the time being,” a spokesperson for Whole Foods said in a statement to the San Francisco Standard. “If we feel we can ensure the safety of our team members in the store, we will evaluate a reopening of our Trinity location.”
The downtown portion of San Francisco has also suffered from declining foot traffic in the years since government lockdowns sequestered employees in their homes and apartments.
Nordstrom announced last month that it was closing both of the company’s department stores in downtown San Francisco in the coming months.
Ben Zeisloft contributed to this report.