Ever since bartender, socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was unexpectantly elected to a seat in the U.S. House, many have been scratching their collective heads reacting to the neophyte politicians’ comments.
Lately, Representative Cortez (D-NY) has been getting blasted for attempting to downplay the smash-and-grab crimewave in NYC, LA, Minneapolis ETC, that has been destroying retail outlets in several months.
Last week, Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Times, she dismissed stories about “organized retail theft”. “A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out,”
Cortez also said. “I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up.”
In the real world though, the smash-and-grab crimewave has severely impacted retail outlets, with billions of dollars in losses, according to the AP.
Walgreens, which has or is in the process of closing dozens of stores due to the rampant crime wave, told the Washington Times, “organized retail crime is one of the top challenges facing” the company,” adding that the problem “has evolved beyond shoplifting and petty theft to the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods online.”
The crime wave in San Francisco is causing Target stores in the Bay Area to announce they are cutting hours to reduce losses from shoplifting. https://t.co/hWo8llbUON
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 3, 2021
“National retail groups last month estimated the annual losses to be in the tens of billions of dollars,” reported the AP. “Some states’ attorney generals are supporting a congressional bill that would require more prevention efforts by large online marketplaces, where experts say many of the stolen goods are fenced.”
Retail groups are also blasting the junior representative for her dismissal of the problem.
“This level of violence has taken it to a whole new level,” Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retailers Association, told the New York Times. “No one has seen this before.”
“Respectfully, the Congresswoman has no idea what she is talking about. Both the data and stack of video evidence makes fairly clear that this is a growing problem in need of solutions,” said Jason Brewer, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) senior executive vice president of communications. “If she is not concerned with organized theft and increasingly violent attacks on retail employees, she should just say that.”