It’s not news that crime around the country is on the rise. From rape to carjacking to shoplifting, criminals are more emboldened than ever. In many cases they are all but encouraged by local prosecutors, who in Democrat-controlled jurisdictions have decided to take a soft stance on crime. Facing nothing more than a slap on the wrist, these criminals know that they can do whatever they want and not have to suffer the consequences.
Shoplifting is one of the crimes which is taking off. In many liberal jurisdictions, shoplifters are going to be released immediately. And even if they are convicted, they’re not likely to face jail time. So why wouldn’t they steal whatever they can get their hands on?
They’re aided and abetted by store policies that require employees to let shoplifters leave. So when employees see a guy walking out of a store with a pile of meat that’s taller than he is, they have no choice but to let him go. And of course you and the other paying customers get to pay for all of that when prices are increased to cover losses from theft.
In response, one Walmart in Florida took the step of keeping its steaks stored behind locks and metal chains. It may seem like a drastic response, but it probably makes sense given the recent crime wave plaguing the country. How long will it take before more stores start doing the same thing?
It’s a sad commentary on how far our society has fallen, and how fragile the bonds holding together civilization actually are. The only consolation we have is that more and more people are seeing things like this and realizing that the soft on crime approach by liberal prosecutors has been an absolute failure. The pendulum is swinging in the other direction now, and hopefully with enough strength that we won’t have to deal with these types of anti-shoplifting measure much longer.