Floral shop in ruins, robbed and torched after nearly a century in San Francisco
They jimmied the back door with a crowbar. A week later, on Sunday afternoon, the owner of the shop, 66-year-old Sona Pehlivanian, stood in the wreckage. Pehlivanian was a recently divorced young mother when she bought the shop in 1987. Then, as...
For a windfall of $8, someone broke into Frank’s Floral Shop on Irving Street in San Francisco the other night. They jimmied the back door with a crowbar. They trashed the place and took what meager receipts the cash register had to offer.
And then, they apparently set fire to the place
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And they didn't waste any time before tagging the wooden boards
I'm an ex-resident who's been out of state since the pandemic and only hears the national news beat about the retail crime in SF. (Here's a hint: It's usually full of Bay Area stereotyping, class-based straw men ,and vague levels of racism.)
Help me out here understanding this crime wave...
To my knowledge, the cops (through their union) are blaming a state law that made shoplifting smaller amounts something you don't get incarcerated for. Last I looked though cops used to love writing tickets. Just because a crime doesn't put someone behind bars doesn't mean it's not worth prosecuting. This doesn't seem to be happening in San Diego, or Sacramento, or LA, or even in Oakland to the same degree it happens in SF.
Am I right to believe way out here that the problem is simply that SFPD doesn't do their damn job? I can't see how a state law causes such huge problems for one city, particularly one that's part of a much larger geographic patchwork of cities. If a statewide law was really the problem here then it stands that LA would be getting rocked like it's GTA5.
Did anyone here live in San Francisco in the 70s-80s? It was basically like this, right? Lots of crime and bad news?
I'm just wondering if things will get better in another decade or so.