The escalating crime rates and rampant shoplifting in San Francisco, a concerning issue well-known to anyone keeping an eye on the city, continues to wreak havoc.
The escalating crime rates have driven numerous stores to shut down, while others scramble to devise strategies to curb the merchandise pilferage by thieves.
In an unprecedented step to counter this issue, a Walgreens in the city has taken to chaining its freezers shut. The move, as reported by the Daily Mail, aims to prevent the theft of goods like ice cream and pizza. It's a telling state of affairs when even ice cream needs to be secured under lock and key.
Photographs of these locked-up freezers have been shared by Richie Greenberg, providing a stark depiction of the situation.
NEW: Local Walgreens chains up the frozen food section to deter theft. San Francisco, Geary at 16th Av location today. pic.twitter.com/anFCEeFQsK
— Richie Greenberg (@greenbergnation) July 15, 2023
When ice cream and pizzas need to be secured with chains and locks, one can't help but acknowledge the extremity of the current times.
However, this measure of securing freezers seems almost ordinary compared to some of the incidents witnessed over the past couple of years. For instance, a Whole Foods in San Francisco had to shut down due to the unbearable levels of crime, numerous Walgreens have closed their doors, and there have been instances of random people being assaulted by marauding gangs wielding bats. The city has also witnessed an incident where a wedding photographer was brutally pistol-whipped. These instances represent just the tip of the iceberg of the chaos consuming the city.
It's a testament to the severity of the situation that ice cream now warrants protection with a chain and a lock.
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