Walgreens to Close 5 San Francisco Locations Due to Continued Crime
Walgreens will close five stores in San Francisco in November due to ongoing retail crime, a company spokesperson said.
I think a lot of people here don’t even realize that but Walgreens outside of SF/Bay Area does not have 50% of their products locked behind a plexiglass/chained to the wall. I went to Phoenix a few months back and discovered that you can actually get shampoo off the shelf without calling for assistance.
From SFGate article:
“Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average.
During this time to help combat this issue, we increased our investments in security measures in stores across the city to 46 times our chain average in an effort to provide a safe environment.”
The most insightful thing Ive heard about this situation is that this will really hurt the poor and working class the most. This trend will wipe out pharmacies in poor ubran areas and create "pharmacy deserts". And it won't be the fault of greedy corporations but by inept DAs
I think it’s funny how some people are still asking why they’re leaving even when these companies and others like it literally tell everyone it’s because of crime.
Damn, was hoping the Clement location wouldn't be on there. There is a HUGE lack of drug stores in the Inner Richmond :(
AND target closes at 6:00 now. What can we do?? Who do we need to vote for, who do we call?
Once heard a lady in a laundromat brag about how she could steal anything from the Marina Walgreens because they never suspect a younger white woman.
Feel bad for the employees and the people who rely on having one nearby.
But we keep being told that crime is down! Something is not adding up ...
This is from a May presentation to the BoS, and the graphic is horrible, but it compares theft in Walgreen's SF stores to NY, Chicago and LA:
This is terrible news. Has the city been doing anything to prevent these closures? Some of these stores are fairly vital to the community
I just dont get how the supes dont do anything. Like how is it that everyone is tired of crime and homelessness and all these other issues...we have huge budgets, and just nothing gets done. People joked about poop patrol but at least it was doing something
I live next to the Cesar Chavez location for ~1.5 years. I'd visit maybe 4-5x a month to pick something small up like cough drops and they were getting ransacked almost everytime I'm there.... I totally understand why they closed.
I stopped a blatant shoftlifter (who was half my size, I'm no hero) at Franklin + Post.
In retrospect that's a great way to get stabbed by a crackhead, but I hadn't had my coffee and was on my commute in.
Shoplifting is just bleeding these places.
E: I should add it wasn't food or hygiene related... they were stealing something ridiculous. If you're stealing to eat I'm not stopping that.
When I moved here 4 years ago, there were seriously 6-7 Walgreens/CVSes in walking distance of my apartment up and down Market Street + the Gough St. location. Now we'll be down to 1, and that one is always getting ransacked too.
You reap what you sow. The other day at around 8-9am I walked by the exact Clement st location that is closing and an employee was yelling at someone to gtfo because he had just stolen a bunch of shit. Talk about progressive ideals all you want, but that is not a pleasant thing to experience first thing in the morning
Damn! The one I use frequently is closing-it's a short walk from my house. The next closest one requires a bus ride. 🙁
Where's that piece of shit Chesa shill that's gonna say Walgreen's corporate is gaslighting everyone in SF about their crime rates?
I wonder how many people in the community rely on them for medication :(
I've visited pharmacies in other countries (Spain, Costa Rica) where nothing is within reach. All items are stored behind the counter and you ask for items you want to buy. I can't help but wonder if this is the direction the US cities are going, since there seems to such a reluctance to treat/house/care for mentally ill people or prosecute criminal activity. Nobody is asking for prison for stealing a brush. But enabling petty theft leads to lawlessness and a culture where theft is a legitimate choice. Anyone see just how able-bodied the thieves in these crime rings are? Nobody in the world believes for one minute that stealing is these people's only option. We're not stupid. It pains me just how useless our bureaucrats and politicians are. And expensive. Just worthless. And the rest of us pay and pay in higher cost of living to compensate for or avoid crime, while useless politicians cry poor--they don't have enough money to waste on corruption and ineffective do-nothing schemes. They rob us blind and the poor get poorer. I worry about a huge right-wing authoritarian back-lash. People are getting fed up. Including people who generally consider themselves liberal. Because the liberal politicians they elected are corrupt and otherwise ineffective in helping people who most need help.
Have you walked through 24th & Mission lately? This is where all the stuff stolen at Walgreen gets sold. Sellers are comfortably settled in for the day in total impunity. Elsewhere they’d be ready to fold up their blanket and bolt if they saw a cop. Here they know they won’t get in trouble for reselling stolen goods.
Stealing it off the shelves in Walgreens and trading it for drugs in the TL.
Don’t think there is another city where the implication of failed policies are so obvious and apparent, and yet the will to adapt and change so non existent. At least all of this is serving as a cautionary tale for other cities.
Thank you Boudin, Gascon and all the San Francisco voters who helped them to office!
Yeah that sucks. So how long until the supervisors start whining on TV about they didn't have a chance and wish Walgreens would have contacted them first.
I had to laugh when they closed the location in Oakland and one of the supervisors was on TV whining saying that. Smh
It's just lip service for a quick sound bite to be mined later.
I wonder if all the people saying crime isn’t up will notice this. Walgreen’s has been shuttering so many locations
Does the 745 Clement St. location suffer from heavy crime like the Mission one might? I wouldn't expect the Richmond to be be as bad.
These petty criminals are hired by professional gangs. The drugs may then end up on eBay and other online outlets at half the of Wallgreens. https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/10/06/major-san-francisco-bay-area-retail-theft-ring-busted-five-suspects-arrested-8-million-in-stolen-merchandise-recovered/
It's not just Walgreen or chain stores, I believe it's happening to almost every store all across the city.
One merchant in Chinatown told me this one dude stole from them in the morning, got apprehended, then returned later to the same store on the same day and went right up to the staff and flaunted, "I'm out, Mutha****er!!" Then proceed to steal more things.
Sometimes, I don't understand how the moms and pops stay in business in this kind of environment.
The biggest b*tch I see is not only the pharmacy is gone -- hurting elderly, working people esp with children, and poor. These stores have food / drink items , if you just need a carton of milk or a Coke fast walk there in and out. Make-up, personal care --- need pads / tampons in a hurry? This is hurting the community and the DA can f*ck himself, driving around looking for a store for one item or needing a Pharmacist to assist with several medications... sucks ass!!
Just means they need to invest 230x their chain average to reduce crime down to chain average.
The amount of leeway these guys (thieves) get in this City are appalling.
So let me get this right. The ones who support the lack of enforcement (by voting in the bozos we have) and claim these are victimless crimes are now the victims? So they either now have to go out of their way to go to another store or use Amazon? They should make a reality show out of this just to see the perplexed reactions of the virtue signalers when this comes to bite them in the a**.
Surprised market isn’t on the list, someone tries to steal something at least 3/5 times I go
Surprised by the inner richmond location, that ones pretty nice and have never seen any shoplifting there, unlike the other locations closing.
Dammit, that's my Cesar Chavez location. Has parking, too. Super annoyed by this.
Why do people have to stick their hand in a fire to realize they'll get burned despite people yelling at you the decision you make will lead to this.
What u guys expect in this Democratic ran city where criminals get slaps on the wrist.