In the state of California, the controversial Proposition 47 passed five years ago, which prevents police from arresting those who steal goods worth less than $950. This led to an increase in shoplifting.
The powerless businessmen know that the police won’t respond to their complaints, and so the thieves shamelessly take what they want under the proposition supported by the Democratic Party and the American Civil Liberties Union, according to Fox News.
“They ain’t out here arresting people for (shoplifting) and everyone knows it,” said a young mother who was a heroin addict and confessed to shoplifting, according to Fox News.
“If my babies need diapers or formula, who is going to get that for me? No one. I have to do it,” she said.
As a consequence of the proposition that considers robberies under $950 as misdemeanors, organized crime gangs created a juicy business that feeds off the black market.
For nonprofit Code Tenderloin founder Del Seymour, it’s an international network that traffics stolen goods.
The thieves are drug addicts, generally, who in this way maintain their vices, Seymour states.
Small businessmen in East County, San Diego, California, are alarmed by the thousands of dollars worth of losses they suffer.
“It’s unbearable. It’s out of control. You will have the same guy coming in five times a day, picking things out,” said Jassi Dhillon, owner of 7-Eleven Franchise, according to NBC San Diego.
He added that this behavior is becoming a way of life for criminals, and owners can do nothing but record the loss, which in his case can amount to $480,000 annually.
“Retail theft is not a victimless crime,” said San Francisco Police Chief William Scott.
The state governed by Democrats suffers from other shocking problems such as the homeless crisis.
“About half of America’s homeless people are in California,” said U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, responding to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.)and Sacramento Democratic Mayor Darrell Steinberg, among others, who asked for more funds to fight the crisis.
California has the largest homeless population in the country, with 129,972 people living on the streets in 2018.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Education estimated that during the 2016-2017 school year, 246,296 public school students became homeless.