Walgreens issued a rebuke of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) after the New York liberal tried to downplay the smash and grab theft that is hitting retail stores from Rodeo Drive to a suburb near you.
AOC said, “a lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out. I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up.”
Walgreens wasn’t buying it and told the Washington Times that “organized retail crime is one of the top challenges facing” the company but the threat “has evolved beyond shoplifting and petty theft to the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods online.”
Walgreens also told the Times that San Francisco stores have security costs that are now 46 times greater than the average Walgreens store.
Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retailers Association, said:
“No one has seen this before.
“This level of violence has taken it to a whole new level.”
Jason Brewer, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) senior executive vice president of communications, said:
“Respectfully, the Congresswoman has no idea what she is talking about.
“Both the data and stack of video evidence makes fairly clear that this is a growing problem in need of solutions.
“If she is not concerned with organized theft and increasingly violent attacks on retail employees, she should just say that.”
Walgreens, retail org fire back at AOC for dismissing growing problem of organized retail theft https://t.co/K7QVoRVDsi— TheBlaze (@theblaze) December 5, 2021
Walgreens responded after far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., downplayed the growth of organized retail thefts in retail stores nationwide, saying that it was “one of the top challenges” the retail pharmacy chain faces. https://t.co/T76W6sh89I— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 6, 2021
Dem Leftist AOC claims organized looting doesn't really exist. Walgreens Schools her! Looting has evolved beyond shoplifting petty theft to sale of stolen goods online. San Francisco stores security costs now 46 times greater than avg Walgreens store. https://t.co/xfsKcitWxa— MPacker (@NewsTalkPD) December 6, 2021