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Soon the Streets of San Francisco will be a free-fire zone [Bumped because comments]

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  • jwm March 4, 2020, 10:18 AM

    A couple weeks ago I attended a small meeting with the acting chief of police for our town. He was explaining why the cops can do nothing about the homeless invasion, “petty theft” (under $950.00 worth), drug dealing and the like. All the police can do with any of these is issue citations. That’s the law here in CA.
    He was telling about asking some feral transient camping in the park for ID. The guy jumped in his tent, zipped it up and sat there. Why didn’t the cop pursue it farther? All the feral tramps have obamaphomes. Just imagine the optics of a cop going in after some poor homeless fellow, and having it all over instagram, facebook, and and the various web outlets from the homeless advocates. The cop would get reamed.
    Same with drug dealing. The junkies and tweakers in the local parks all have their dealers on tap with a push of a button. Even if the cops arrest a guy delivering heroin or meth, the guy is out on no-bail, and if he ever makes it before a judge, the judge just cuts him loose. And the judge can’t take prior offenses into account. That’s the law here in CA.
    Shoplifting like you see in this video is the same thing. Even if they bother to arrest this vermin, they can’t hold them. And because of an obama era demand to reduce prison population, anyone in jail for less than murder or forcible rape was long ago put on the streets. The county jails that were full of car thieves, and the like are now full of low level murderers who used to do time in prison. County jail is now as dangerous for the guards as San Quentin or Corcoran. Prison is now like criminal grad school. You have to work very hard at it in order to even get in. That’s the law here in CA.


  • Jerry Miller March 4, 2020, 10:19 AM

    This anarchy was made possible by the majority of California voters passing Proposition 47. It recategorized some nonviolent offenses as misdemeanors, rather than felonies. The proposition was sold as “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.” Only a misanthrope would vote against safe neighborhoods and schools.

  • Jack March 4, 2020, 10:57 AM

    California began as a dream but it has become a nightmare of proportions that are really too large for a reality based mind to understand. Its realities are grotesque, unrepairable and damning and I suspect that evolution is part of a greater plan.

    I consider California a lost cause and its citizens, who vote, have no right to complain. I wouldn’t live there if you gave the mf’er to me.

  • jwm March 4, 2020, 11:27 AM

    @ Jerry & Jack. Consider, if you will that this has become a one-party state. All choices on the ballot go to the top two candidates, which means the top two donks. There wasn’t even a Republican on the ballot in yesterday’s election. Republicans have been disenfranchised. Vote fraud is rampant. And these propositions are so deceptively billed and written that huge swaths of the population have no idea what they’re voting for. Too, we’re dealing with a massive influx of Latino, Chinese and Korean voters who are aggressive politically, and vote blue. Yes, we are infested with moonbats. But the huge concentration of voters in LA and ‘Frisco barely speak English, much less take the time to actually read what’s in the voter guides. So yeah, some of was brought on by the leftoids. But not all of it. We’ve had our state stolen out from under us.


  • Dr. Jay March 4, 2020, 11:58 AM

    When space aliens arrive and ask us to take them to our leader we should take them to the zoo and show them a flamingo.

  • Zeta male pondscum March 4, 2020, 12:07 PM

    California should be considered in insurrection, it’s entire government dissolved, military rule enacted, tens of millions of deportations, it’s bureaucracy rolled up and trashed, its police given near absolute power, its judges removed and imprisoned. Maybe after five years of cleaning house it might be salvageable

  • Paul A'Barge March 4, 2020, 12:55 PM

    Please do not post links to videos on Twitter.
    Chrome will not play these. The browser refuses.
    thanks in advance for never linking to Twitter videos.
    Twitter is evil.

  • Punditarian March 4, 2020, 1:17 PM

    Played for me. Loved it. Thanks Gerard!

  • Vanderleun March 4, 2020, 4:10 PM

    All twitter vids in embedded tweets play just fine for me in Chrome (my main browser) on twitter as well as in the items posted here on AD on the Mac.

    Sometimes Chrome users can have a bad twitter cookie that inhibits play. In that case go to the cookies part of your Settings panel (advanced) find , select, and delete all twitter.com cookies.

    If not that you may have a non Mac PC windows machine with some weird virus protectors activated against twitter.

    Two hints and beyond that I just don’t know.


  • azlibertarian March 4, 2020, 4:39 PM

    I predict that if Walgreens or other retailers decide to stay in areas where this sort of crime is tolerated, that they will change their retail format to one where the store’s staff is locked behind a bullet-proof entry along with the store’s merchandise. The customer enters the alcove, asks the staff to fetch what they are hoping to buy, and payment is exchanged for the items through a drawer of some type. The days of a customer strolling the aisles dropping items into a basket and then checking out as he leaves would be over.

    Either that or the citizens of Left-leaning cities and states could be taught basic civility: Don’t steal someone else’s stuff. The places that allow this sort of theft are only driving part of their tax base to move somewhere where theft is not tolerated.

  • John the River March 4, 2020, 5:26 PM

    I live in Massachusetts, I don’t consider Massachusetts to any better than California. But I do thank God that Massachusetts doesn’t have a border with Mexico.
    And that the worst family of Democrats in this state either got shot to death or got caught killing a young woman with their car. Slowed them down.

  • captflee March 4, 2020, 6:58 PM

    Seems like a genuine business opportunity for some multinational corporation to bring in some loss prevention specialists from the Rio or Sao Paulo field offices. Are the roof Koreans down with this?

  • Snakepit Kansas March 5, 2020, 4:13 AM

    Azlibertarian is back!!!

    Investment money will go to where profits can be made. Free market economies can only thrive where the rule of law and property rights are respected. Most likely businesses will simply shutter up and leave.

  • Paul A'Barge March 5, 2020, 8:00 AM

    That cookies thing worked. I could not find my individual Twitter cookies so I just clicked “delete ’em all”. Bingo.
    It also fixed some other annoying things.

    So, thanks!

  • orcadrvr March 5, 2020, 8:50 AM

    I have lived in Cal. all my life, as did my parents.
    This place is unrecognizable from the 50’s and early 60’s where I spent my youth.
    We elected Ronald Reagan, and a host of other conservatives to the House and Senate until the 90’s, and then everything went to hell, slowly at first and then at light speed.
    I am still here because my kids and grand kids are here. I am trying to get them to leave for a more promising future, as I do not think there is any future for them in the long run in this state.
    Law abiding, tax paying, and God fearing people are “strangers in a strange land”.

  • azlibertarian March 5, 2020, 8:56 AM

    I don’t comment every day but I ‘ve never really left. The reason I have cut down on my commenting is illustrated by your reply: You said what I said, only more succinctly and clearly.

  • Snakepit Kansas March 5, 2020, 6:06 PM

    Your C130 story will never be forgotten. Vanderleun, you, jwm, Ghost, Casey PA cat and many, many others write some very interesting stuff. I comment and nobody has run me off yet. This place is my daily first stop.

  • Gordon Scott March 5, 2020, 7:54 PM

    It’s not just California. In the Twin Cities, “youth” is a euphemism for Somali teens. Once known for being polite and hard working, they are now feral. I was working in a CVS this week. A group of nine youth came in and were just grabbing random stuff and pocketing it. I started yelling and shoving them toward the door. Had I been an actual CVS employee I would have been fired for even raising my voice. One squared up to me. But he didn’t swing until he was outside the door and could run (luckily for him, he missed). Amazingly, a b b policeman did actually show. He asked the store manager for copies of the video. They were not enthusiastic as they know it will not result in any action. The young lefties that run the city will not tolerate any prosecution of youth. There are too many Somali votes in Minneapolis now.

    No store has liquid Tide on shelves. Black men will walk in, grab a box of trash bags, fill the bags with Tide and walk out. I have physically tried to stop this. I failed. They did not try to hurt me, but it was clear they would not allow me to stop them.

    The self-service shopping business model cannot survive this. A large part of Target’s business is online order, drive up delivery. That, and Amazon store, where you don’t get in if you don’t have the app. Then you just take what you want and walk out. They have been learning how to sensorize the store to make this work. Now they will start building stores.

    Imagine trying to compete with a store that has zero shrink.

    The chains could start implementing facial recognition. The technology is available. Get caught in one Walmart, and alarms go off when you try to enter ANY Walmart. But do they have the moral courage to implement it? I doubt it.

  • bilejones March 6, 2020, 6:22 AM

    Paul A’Barge.

    He’s fixed the minor thing.

    Twitter is still evil.

  • Gordon Scott March 6, 2020, 6:52 AM

    It’s not just San Francisco, or California.

    I was working in a CVS this week in the Twin Cities. “Youth” is a euphemism for Somali teens. 9 youth came in and were stealing random stuff–eye drops!–and I started herding them toward the door. The store staff can’t touch them, of course, that’s a firing offense. One squared off with me, but he waited till he was out the door and able to run before he took a swing (and a miss, lucky for him, because if he connected, I could beat the shit out of him). They have no fear at all of police, because Minneapolis police won’t respond to such calls unless someone bleeds. That’s because our elected officials can count, and there’s 90,000 Somalis in the Little Mogadishu part of town. With a population of just under 400,000, that means the clans can control the election results, even if they only vote once each.

    The city also announced that fare enforcement on the light rail trains is over. We can’t be tossing the homeless bums and the youth off the trains, you know. Two of my stores are by the newest rail line, from downtown St. Paul to Minneapolis. It passes through the university, where my stores are. When the line opened, their shrink tripled. The thieves can just jump on a train.

    No store in the city now has Tide liquid on the shelves. I have watched black men come into a store, grab a box of trash bags, and fill the bags with Tide, and walk out. I tried to stop them, but they will not stop (they usually have a stolen car waiting outside). They did not try to hurt me, but they would not let me stop them from leaving.

    The self-service retail model is over. Target now does a significant amount of business online, with the customer pulling up to the store where the purchases are delivered to their car. The Amazon grocery store is now operational, after they spent three years learning and sensorizing. You activate your app, pick what you want, and leave, and your account is billed. You will not even get in the door without an account.

    Chipotle let Twitterati shame them into firing a local manager because she insisted that Youth pay for their meals before ordering. She recognized them. They would come in, and six or eight guys would order, and tell the cashier the last guy was paying. He offers a card, it’s delclined, and the other guys are already out the door with their food. Chipotle offered her her job back after the facts came out, but I think she’s going to let them settle a lawsuit for a quarter million or so.

    Funny thing, really. When the Somalis first arrived everyone loved the teens, because they were polite, respectful and non-thuglike. Now they embarrass the American black teens with their antics.

    None of the Minneapolis city elected officials have ever owned a business.

  • Anon March 6, 2020, 7:22 AM

    Diversity is our strength.

  • jwm March 6, 2020, 7:50 AM

    A little update on life in post-civilization CA
    So I decided to take the custom stretch bike out for a cruise yesterday afternoon. Usually I save it for our club rides at the beach. I passed through the neighborhoods, and rolled on down to the Coyote Creek Bikeway. Just inside the gate there’s a few homeless camped up at the side of the trail.
    I see a cruiser with a bad flat black paint job, and streaky day-glo orange fenders. Someone’s missing a bike. I catch a glimpse of some guy huddled in the makeshift tent. I didn’t waste any time getting down the trail.
    I decided to come back on the Boulevard rather than the bike path. As I approached Imperial Highway, there’s the black and orange bike, and the same scuzzy looking tweaker hanging on to it. I can see he’s checking me out.
    I draw closer, and suddenly he’s all, “HEY HEY! Wow stop man, can I check that bike out? Hey stop! I sped up a little and just said, “NO!” Suddenly, it’s “F**K YOU! MAN. HEY F**K OFF you f**kin’….” He was still cursing at me as long as I could hear him fading behind me.
    Joys of life here in So Cal.


  • gwbnyc March 6, 2020, 8:37 AM

    >>>azlibertarian March 4, 2020, 4:39 PM

    in our Walgreens certain high-theft items are locked on the shelves and require a store employee to open them- but they’re still handing it over to someone who might just walk out with it.

  • Nunnya Bidnez, jr March 6, 2020, 9:07 AM

    gordon scott wrote:
    “Imagine trying to compete with a store that has zero shrink.”
    An employee at the local Rite-Aid here in Brooklyn says they have about $800 per day in theft losses.
    That would be enough to hire three more employees.
    The store absorbs the losses, but the local population pays for it one way or another.

  • gwbnyc March 6, 2020, 10:22 AM

    >>>>>Nunnya Bidnez, jr

    we had a walgreens on 7th ave below 13th st, a huge store, close a while back, the mgr cited theft as a major reason.

  • ghostsniper March 6, 2020, 10:29 AM

    Diversity: The idea that putting a glob of diseased animal shit in a vessel of crystal clean water makes it better.

    You can search the world over and you will never find a sane reason why diversity is better.

    Mental Inertia: Where an idea is conceived and promoted with such force as to render all other views inoperable. Nobody will counter with reason for fear of being made to look stupid. Thus, over time, the idea becomes law and no one remembers how such an idea came into fruition nor does anyone question it. It just is. In the land of stupid.

    One fine day Dr Seuss and Rod Serling got together to joint venture on a new children’s book for all ages and they decided they would have Salvador Dali joint venture with Georgia O’Keeffe to do the illustrations and what they came up with was titled “21st Century Americana Nightmares” which quickly became required reading in all public school facilities, colleges, and as mandatory corporate employee handbooks as well as federal, state, and local government guidelines. The sane citizens were thrown under the truck.

  • bgarrett March 6, 2020, 10:59 AM

    How can I find Azlibertarian,
    C130 story? Google is no help

  • Vanderleun March 6, 2020, 11:21 AM

    I am here and have no fear that eternal tale is right here:

    Jump Start by azlibertarian

  • Brother John March 6, 2020, 12:04 PM

    To those of you who live in the Twin Cities, and even more so those who remember the Minneapolis of the Mary-Tyler-Moore-Show era, was there ever a point where the whole town stopped, looked around, and said, “ya know, things are good, but what we really need is 25,000 Somali Muslims!” and if you can’t remember anyone expressing such a sentiment, whom are you going to coat in tar, hang, and then set ablaze for having destroyed your cities?

  • Julie March 6, 2020, 12:11 PM

    We just moved back to SoCal a bit over a year ago. Don’t plan on leaving; where would we go? Far as I can tell, there are no safe spaces for sane people left in America; the virus of leftism infects everywhere, to some degree. Sometimes, all you can do is be a remnant.

    As far as shopping goes, most stores around here don’t have too much locked up. The main exception is Walmart, where whole aisles are locked, and once the clerk gets something out for you they stick it in a small locked box that can only be opened at checkout. It’s apparent by what gets locked up who the biggest problem demographic tends to be, unfortunately.

  • ghostsniper March 6, 2020, 12:33 PM

    Excellent! 2 years later, like reading it for the first time all over again.

  • ghostsniper March 6, 2020, 12:36 PM

    Julie sed: “It’s apparent by what gets locked up who the biggest problem demographic tends to be, unfortunately.”
    In that sentence “naturally” works better than “unfortunately”.

  • Gordon Scott March 6, 2020, 6:54 PM

    Brother John, back in the early 1970s Minnesota elected a governor named Wendell Anderson. The state was booming with high tech and the state coffers overflowed. “Spendy Wendy” decided Minnesota needed Nordic welfare for its Nordic citizens. Of course, some vicious racists pointed out that the high welfare payments would tend to draw the, uh, bad element from Chicago, Gary and Detroit. But Wendell had an answer: one would draw welfare at the same level as the state one came from.

    It would have worked except judges ruled that the 14th amendment forbade that. Of course, they didn’t repeal the welfare! And that is when people in Chicago started saying that the streets in Minneapolis were paved with gold. It was common for people to travel back to Chicago for a couple of days to collect payments there, then return to Minneapolis to get payments in the North Star state.

    Back in the 90s there was a somewhat generous instant cash payment to folks who signed up. Every month, around the 1st, the railroad hobos would show up and line up at the welfare office in Moorhead (and other towns). They’d apply, cash the check, and hop back on a train. The did finally manage to fix that little attractive nuisance; though honestly the hobos weren’t that big of a problem. They didn’t steal much and they got out of town quickly.

  • Paddy March 6, 2020, 7:32 PM

    I have a good friend who is a manager at the HoPo in my town, which is in NorCal, not far from VDL. He says the store loses $1,200 a day in theft. Mostly tools. They are forbidden to confront the miscreants. They just watch them saunter in, grab a $399 Milwaukee combo kit, and swagger out. (Sometimes they swagger in too). The costs are spread out over all the other items people like me actually pay for. It’s maddening.

  • azlibertarian March 7, 2020, 1:40 PM

    Once again, I am beyond humbled at the attention drawn to an old story of mine. Thanks to all, and especially to our host.

  • Gordon Scott March 8, 2020, 7:04 AM

    The chain stores claim the n0-interference policy is to protect the workers, and that’s kind of true, but the real reason is to protect the chain from being called racist.

    I was in a gas station in St. Paul a couple of weeks ago. The owner is Vietnamese. He’s got 50 or so full color, very clear and sharp photos on his wall, each labeled with the date, time and the product stolen. Usually it shows the thief–each photo is titled Theif stuffing the product down pants, or into a pocket. He’s not afraid of being called racist, and he shouldn’t be. Over half the thieves are black, but there’s plenty of white folks and a few Asians. They range from teens to 60+ in age.

    And any good loss prevention person will tell you, it’s not race, it’s behavior. They can spot them walking in the door. I can also, often, but since I’m working on other stuff, I don’t always pay attention. And anyone with a backpack is scrutinized. Of course, Minneapolis just passed a five cent bag law, so people will bring a backpack to carry their purchase home. And the stores on or near a college or high school campus, well….

  • ignore amos March 8, 2020, 9:24 AM

    What is the attraction for Tide detergent? Is it an ingredient for illicit drugs or are Tide pods that delicious. Seems like, maybe there’s something else that would bring a bigger payout?

  • ghostsniper March 8, 2020, 10:32 AM

    I know a dood that manages security in 4 diff Walmarts. He told me there are over 300 vid cams in every store and most of them you’ll never see. He also said every store has 3 to 6 normal looking people walking around pretending to be shoppers and are looking for stealers.

  • Vanderleun March 8, 2020, 12:41 PM

    Well now, ghost, that may be so from his tale but I go into the only 24 hour Chico Walmart (only 24 hour drugstore in town) at all times of the night and day and there are lots of moments during the peak hours of the day when there’s not even so much as one other customer roaming the aisles of this large and well placed store. Clerks can be thin on the ground there as well. The pharmacy is tight and well staffed but I don’t think any of those are spending one extra moment of their day staring at cameras inside the store.

    Don’t see how it would pay to have even three shoplifting guards on the payroll for even one shift per day. At a minimum it would cost that store 120K per year plus benefits.

  • Vanderleun March 8, 2020, 12:45 PM

    IgnoreAmos: “Criminals tend to pilfer products that are small and expensive — razor blades, infant formula, gift cards, teeth whitening products, cosmetics, and over-the-counter medications, for instance. While it’s a little bulkier than most of the items on that list, a bottle of Tide would seem to make a good target because it’s a leading brand, everybody needs it, and it’s pricey; one bottle can cost up to $20 retail, and it allegedly sells on the street for between $5 and $10. ”


  • Julie March 8, 2020, 1:05 PM

    Re. the theft of Tide laundry detergent, I read somewhere, a few years back, that Tide in particular works like an underground currency. Its value tends to be extremely stable over time, more so than cash money; for instance, in a turd world country suffering extreme inflation, a bottle of laundry detergent is always a bottle of laundry detergent. It doesn’t go bad, and you’re never going to wake up one day and be told you’ll need a million of them to equal the value of one loaf of bread. Or gram of whatever, I guess.

    Also, if you get stopped by the cops carrying a few bottles of Tide, it’s unlikely they’ll be confiscated, unlike a fat stack of cash.

    That’s my kindergarten understanding of the reasoning, anyway. Tide is money, that’s why they steal it.

  • Terry March 8, 2020, 5:02 PM

    If I owned a store in Frisco (sorry for the debasement of the name of that once beautiful city) I would construct a steel display case. Within this case would be tennis balls advertised as filled with TIDE.

    A large sign on the case would read: ASK STORE CLERK FOR ASSISTANCE WITH Tide BALLS

    The case would have round holes which a human hand can fit through if contorted small enough for grasping a tennis ball. When one of these goons squeezed his or her hand through the display case to extract the advertised TIDE ball, the super glue would ooze out. Fast/instant setting glue of course.

    Goon’s hand is now impossible to squeeze back out of the monkey trap.

    EXTRACTION FEE $100. Yes, all of these dirt bags have cash hidden on their beings.

  • ghostsniper March 8, 2020, 6:06 PM

    Gerard, don’t under estimate anything Walmart. They didn’t become successful being stupid. When you enter the Walmart vestibule there is a nondescript door on the side that leads to a large security room with a wall of monitors switching cameras constantly. They know what items are stolen the most and watch them the most too.

    Back in 2010, through somebody that knows somebody, I was offered a job for 90 days, to work at a Walmart through the holiday season and document my experience. In addition to the $7.35/hr Walmart paid me I would receive $8,000.00 for documenting my experiences daily through an online portal.

    I met the dood in charge of security and he gave me the nickel tour through the system. He said 40% of all shrinkage was from the employees. Something I was alarmed to see while strolling the aisle was the amount of food productes that had been consumed in store and the packaging stuffed into the shelves. Grab a cart, a rotisserie chicken, a gallon of milk, then stroll while shopping. And eating and drinking. Then let the cart sit and walk out – burping and farting the whole time, maybe chase it with a box of Little Debbies.

    The average person would be surprised how the free market economy supplements so many people.

  • Gordon Scott March 8, 2020, 8:03 PM

    Julie has the right of it regarding Tide. And there’s an amazing amount of it out there on the black market. A gentleman I know who purveys unregulated pharmaceuticals told me he had a lot of it, and razors, and other stuff too, just let him know what I needed. Cash gets it at half the retail. I don’t need much detergent and I get razor blades from Dollar Shave Club, but I am quite sure the Tide on the bodega shelves in the neighborhood did not come from the wholesaler.

    A now defunct Kmart in St. Paul estimates they lost $35,ooo in Tide to one guy who would come in twice a week, fill a cart, and just roll out the door. He did it for months. This gives some idea why Kmart is down to one store in Minnesota, and that one is closing soon.

    The Amazon store is going to be a killer. Who can compete with a store that has no shrink?

  • BroKen March 9, 2020, 5:41 AM

    ghost: “You can search the world over and you will never find a sane reason why diversity is better.”

    Let me take a stab at it. ‘Diversity’ is a Christian value because in Christ, we are reliably informed, there is no Jew or Greek, rich or poor, not even male or female. The problem; we are throwing these multiple tribes together without Christ! We seem to think that “our common humanity” will bind us together. “Our common humanity” always leads to the tribes killing each other. That is where this is headed. Diversity requires the Uncommon Human to work. Trying to embody Christian values without Christ is like trying to drive a nail without a hammer using your bare hand instead. The result will be bloody.

  • ghostsniper March 11, 2020, 4:24 AM

    @Broken, my understanding is that the races and languages were created in the blink of an eye to cause confusion and miscommunication among the people and it will always be thus. Therefore is it not wrong to create work arounds that cause the original premise to be null and void? Just supposin’ here.