USA 2024 Elections Thread

grarpamp grarpamp at
Wed Nov 16 10:08:06 PST 2022

US Democrats are responsible for inciting and continuing the problems...

"They should continue [the arson damage looting etc] -- Kamala Harris"

"Organized Crime" Looters Steal Astounding $400 Million In Goods From
Target Stores

Target is battling what's being called an organized retail crime wave,
resulting in a massive hit on profits this year. The company has
employed theft-deterrent merchandising strategies, but still, that's
not enough to stop criminals from running off with everything on the

Earlier today, the company reported dismal earnings, slashed guidance,
and warned consumers are pulling back on spending amid the worst
inflationary environment in decades. The retailer also revealed gross
profit margins were reduced by $400 million so far this year due to
shrink, the industry term for theft and other product loss.

    "There's a handful of things that can drive shrink in our business
and theft is certainly a key driver.

    "We know we're not alone across retail in seeing a trend that I
think has gotten increasingly worse over the last 12 to 18 months.

    "So we're taking the right actions in our stores to help curb that
trend where we can, but that becomes an increasing headwind on our
business and we know the business of other," Target CFO Michael
Fiddelke said.

Yahoo Finance spoke with the Target spokesperson, who said the problem
is primarily due to "organized retail crime."

Organized retail crime has increased under the Biden administration
while progressive-run cities implement social justice reform.
Criminals are taking advantage of relaxed penalties for shoplifting,
fueling a nationwide crime wave.

Shoplifting is a behavior not just in response to backfiring social
justice reforms but also has its roots deep in poverty as high
inflation crushes millions of Americans into poverty. Wage growth has
been negative for 19 consecutive months, while food, energy, and
shelter prices remain elevated. Working poor have drained personal
savings and racked up insurmountable credit card debt to buy essential
items, while some folks have resorted to stealing to survive.

Target blamed most of the thefts on organized crime gangs.

The thefts are so bad at the Target in Minneapolis downtown that
everyday toiletries are locked behind shatterproof glass cabinets.

Target and many other retailers have demanded Congress do something.
The US Chamber of Commerce has called the looting of retail stores a
"national crisis."

According to the latest National Retail Federation report, goods
stolen from retailers increased to $94.5 billion in 2021, up from
$90.8 billion in 2020. Figures for 2022 are expected to top $100

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