Crime is completely and utterly out of control in this nation. During the first six months of this year, retail theft was up 109 percent in the city of Los Angeles. In response to this tsunami of theft, retailers are starting to lock up products all over the nation. But if we don’t start locking up the criminals, we are literally going to have to lock up everything.
Unfortunately, right now we cannot lock up all of the criminals, because the number of criminals far exceeds the number of empty spots in our prisons. Even though we have more people locked up than any other nation on the entire planet, our streets are still absolutely teeming with predators. This is what an advanced stage of social decay looks like, and it isn’t pretty.
During a recent interview with CNBC, the CEO of Target insisted that customers are thankful that the retailer is now locking up body wash, toothpaste and deodorant…
Still, the retailer’s CEO, Brian Cornell, claimed many shoppers are actually grateful to see their body wash, toothpaste and deodorant behind a glass panel.
On a media call with reporters discussing Target’s fiscal third-quarter earnings, CNBC asked Cornell if the retailer can quantify the sales lost from shoppers who are frustrated with waiting for employees to unlock cases in-store. He said the shopper response to the policy has been “positive.”
“Courtney, just in the last week I’ve been on the East Coast and on the West Coast in many of those stores that you’ve talked about where, items have been locked up,” he said. “And actually what we hear from the guests is a big thank you, because we are in stock with the brands that they need when they’re shopping in our stores. And because we’ve invested in team member labor in those aisles and make sure we’re there to greet that guest, open up those cases and provide them the items they’re looking for.”
The reason why customers are thankful that those products are locked up is because they would never be in stock if they weren’t locked up.
That is how bad our shoplifting epidemic has become.