Target lowers shoplifting bar as tolerance wanes for George Floyd crime jubilee

After years of being robbed blind by Democrat-empowered shoplifters, the retail giant Target is finally fighting back.

The company is introducing a new policy that states that store staff members can intervene in shoplifting incidents so long as the thief is trying to steal at least $50 worth of goods, according to Bloomberg.

This marks an increase of $50 from the previous $100 threshold that many critics had complained was far too high.

Why the change in policy? Because the company was losing too much money.

“The Minneapolis retailer, which operates nearly 2,000 stores in the US, has said that shrink – inventory loss due to theft, damage and other factors – has squeezed its profit margins in recent quarters,” Bloomberg notes.

In a statement to Bloomberg, a Target spokesperson confirmed the veracity of the report and stressed that the retailer is hellbent on pursuing meaningful change

“Our priority remains ensuring the safety of the team and guests, while maintaining the positive experience Target shoppers expect,” the spokesperson said.

The new policy, reportedly set to take effect later this summer, comes nearly a year after Target chief financial officer Michael Fiddelke told investors that he expected shoplifting to be a “significant financial headwind.”

“Growth in shrink remains a significant financial headwind and we’re determined to continue making progress in the years head,” he said.

He made the remarks weeks after the retailer shuttered nine stores in — surprise, surprise — the most left-wing, crime-ridden areas, including Harlem, N.Y., San Francisco, Calif., Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Oregon.

The Harlem Target was reportedly especially susceptible to shoplifting.

All this comes a month after a California woman was convicted of habitually shoplifting mainly from Target.

San Francisco resident Aziza Graves, 43, was specifically convicted on the 3rd of one felony count of grand theft and 52 misdemeanor counts of petty theft.

Graves shoplifted from a Target at the Stonestown Galleria shopping mall dozens of times between Oct. 3rd, 2020, and Nov. 16th, 2021, stealing over $60,000 worth of items, according to an extensive press release from the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

“Ms. Graves would enter Target, and then immediately proceed to select merchandise from the shelves,” the press release reads. “She would then proceed to the self-checkout counter where she would scan each item, insert a nominal amount, such as a single coin or bill, and then exit the store.”

After she was reported to the authorities, the authorities decided to follow her around both inside the store and out. They discovered that after shoplifting, she’d take the items to stolen goods vendors at the nearby UN Plaza and sell them.

“She was observed selling her stolen goods at UN Plaza to sellers of stolen property,” the press release notes. “She subsequently began to sell her stolen goods to anyone passing by.”

She was eventually picked up, arrested, charged, and convicted.

“Retail theft continues to have a major impact on San Francisco businesses from the small mom-and-pop corner store to the large retail stores,” District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said in a statement. “Individuals such as Aziza Graves commit egregious thefts through brazen and repeated conduct that greatly impacts retailers’ ability to operate and serve the general public in their area.”

“These crimes demand accountability and we need to send the message to others who engage in open and brash thefts that, with the support of our local law enforcement partners, our office will continue to pursue and prosecute those involved. This verdict emphasizes that the citizens of San Francisco will not tolerate these offenders who attempt to take advantage of our business community,” she added.

Vivek Saxena


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