The New York Post published this appalling photo of a man walking out of a Trader Joe’s in New York with ten expensive steaks.
Kudos to Rev. Al Sharpton, who took to MSNBC last week to rail about the crime spree: “You cannot have a culture where people are just — at random — robbing and stealing and it’s out of control and it’s put on the covers of newspapers which only encourages others to do it.”
But the far left (i.e. the New York Times thinks that getting tough on crime is racist. Nikole Hannah-Jones – the New York Times writer who created the 1619 Project that reframes American history in terms of slavery – seethes: “This drumbeat for continued mass incarceration is really horrific to watch. There have always been thefts from stores.”
But the victims of theft are not just the store owners. Rampant theft has created “food deserts” as stores close down or move out, which makes it more expensive for minorities to shop for groceries and fill prescriptions.
John Catsimatidis, the CEO of Gristedes/D’Agostino’s Supermarkets and the honorary chairman of CTUP, says a recent 40 percent spike in shoplifting is raising food prices by forcing extra security measures. Why is it so hard to understand that theft makes everything more expensive for everyone?