Five SF Walgreens To Close To Due “Organized” Thefts

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Walgreens will close five more San Francisco stores, a company spokesperson confirmed Tuesday, citing ongoing organized retail crime as the reason.

“Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that,” said Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso. “Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average.”

The drugstore chain hopes to relocate employees from closing stores to other nearby locations. San Francisco Board of Supervisor Ahsha Safai of District 11 said he was “devastated” by the loss of the store on Mission Street.

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Right wingers, as you’d expect, are having a field day with this story. Viral videos have shown thieves brazenly sauntering out of the stores with bags of products, mostly relatively expensive makeup and skin care items.