CNN Witnesses 3 People Stealing From Walgreens Over 30 Minutes In Democrat-Controlled City
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 18: A chain with padlocks secures freezer doors at a Walgreens store on July 18, 2023 in San Francisco, California. A San Francisco Walgreens store has locked its freezers with chains and padlocks to thwart shoplifters that have been hitting the store on a regular basis and stealing frozen pizzas and ice cream.
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A CNN film crew witnesses three people stealing from inside a Walgreens in San Francisco this week in the span of just 30 minutes.

The store, which is one of the most robbed Walgreens in the country, has had to resort to locking up most items in the store behind chains or plexiglass.

CNN senior national correspondent Kyung Lah visited the store and talked with patrons who said that they have never seen anything like it in their lives.

Theft at the store is “so typical that in the 30 minutes we were at this Walgreens, we watched three people, including this man, steal,” Lah said. “Did that guy pay? Did that guy pay? He didn’t pay?”

“Walgreens says this Richmond neighborhood store with aisles of products like mustard locked behind plexiglass has the highest theft rate of all their nearly 9,000 U.S. stores, hit more than a dozen times a day when thieves turn to cleaning out ice cream and frozen burritos, workers grew so frustrated, they resorted to the chains,” she continued. “They were ordered down by corporate because of the negative messaging.”

Other stores have also had to lock up their items across the city, including a nearby grocery store that even had to lock up bags of coffee.

One man who was interviewed in the grocery story said that he did not know how to describe what was happening inside the city.

“It’s become kind of like a police state in San Francisco,” he said.


San Francisco supervisor Matt Dorsey said that what he was hearing from residents is that it was time for “tough love.”

“We are not doing any addict in this city favors by enabling behavior that is potentially deadly in ways we have never seen,” he said.


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