Retail theft in Washington, D.C., particularly at CVS stores, has surged, prompting drastic measures to prevent theft, including displaying framed photos of products instead of the items themselves.
Homeless individuals are reportedly a significant factor in the theft increase, with sources indicating a spike in stolen goods.
The situation has led to near-empty shelves and concerns from both shoppers and residents. (Trending: Court Hands Down Crucial 2nd Amendment Ruling)
Washington DC CVS replaces shelves of toilet paper with framed photos of products amid rising thefts
A CVS location in Washington DC was forced to wipe its shelves clean of toilet paper and replace them instead with framed photos of the products amid rising thefts in the… pic.twitter.com/KmuAmKmqFk
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“It seems to be a case that people don’t care about laws or respect that anymore,” one tourist stated.
“In the United Kingdom, we are seeing shops closing down because they’re losing so much money from people shoplifting, which is obviously having an impact on the economy in general.”
“I think it’s enforcement and the infractions are not tough,” a nearby homeowner said.
“A lot of times, it’s just a slap on the hand.”
“It’s getting worse. People get killed in front of the Metro, stores are robbed every single day. You can’t even find food.”
“Workers said normally shoplifters clean out all the pizza and ice cream every night. They’re usually hit 20x a day. The whole store is virtually locked up,” CBS News’ Betty Yu posted.
Retail theft in the city has increased by 68% over the previous year, with over 3,000 robberies occurring so far.
Similar issues have been reported in San Francisco, where some stores have resorted to locking up certain goods due to rampant theft.
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