Shoplifting Increasing During the Pandemic – Folks Mostly Taking Food

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Retailers, security experts, and police departments across the country say that shoplifting has been up significantly since the coronavirus pandemic began last spring. But experts say that the unusual thing about this upsurge in shoplifting is the items that are being taken—more kitchen staples like bread and pasta, as well as things like baby formula and diapers. In other words, in the midst of a pandemic and a recession, Americans have taken to stealing basic necessities that they can no longer afford in an attempt to stave off hunger, while also trying to pay rent and keep a steady job…

“We’re seeing an increase in low-impact crimes,” said Jeff Zisner, chief executive of workplace security firm Aegis. “It’s not a whole lot of people going in, grabbing TVs and running out the front door. It’s a very different kind of crime — it’s people stealing consumables and items associated with children and babies.”

What do you do? What can you do when the folks you elected, “our” government, think they only owe allegiance to corporate America. When the people who employ you can’t use you…you’re history. Whatever the circumstances. They don’t feel responsible to you. The worst of the political hacks in state and federal government feel the same.

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