And The City of San Francisco Thus Saith “Thou Shalt Steal”: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

san francisco, in defiance of ten commandments’ principles, sanctioned theft.

it is as council members came down mt. sinai with their own commandments. their shiny new tablets that are making the world a much dangerous, corrupt, and unsafe place.

disregarding the ten commandments, disregarding thousands of years of the human experience, disregarding business realities, sf city council decided that they were the best and morally superior individuals to take society in another direction. sf city council passed prop 47, an ordinance that prevents police officers from arresting or even stopping anyone who steals less than $950 worth of goods

the following are the results:

“stores such as walgreens, cvs, and convenience store chains, are closing dozens of locations in the city because their product loss rate has climbed more than 100 percent” cvs also revealed just how lopsided the theft is in the city: “at cvs, 42% of losses within the bay apace got here from 12 shops in san francisco, that are solely 8% of the market share.”

sf chronicle reports “retailers attributed a majority of losses to professional thieves instead of opportunistic shoplifters who may be driven by poverty, with one cvs leader calling san francisco a hub of organized retail crime. losses have shuttered drugstores providing vital services, even more critical during the pandemic as some stores give out vaccines.”

after the law is passed, there is the audacity of these politicians.

“this has been out of control,” said supervisor ahsha safaí, who held a hearing thursday with retailers, police, the district attorney and probation departments. “people are scared to go into these stores — seniors, people with disabilities, children. it’s just happening brazenly. we can’t just as a city throw up our hands and say this is ok. we have to come up with solutions.” sfchronicle

who made it go out of control?

ahsha safai, in her hearing, needed to say that the city council made a big mistake, that they are fools, and that they are repealing the law. this was all that needed to be done. further, city council should admit that they are the fools that have no common sense and concede that they are the last people who should be coming up with solutions to a problem they created.

it was further reported

“officials agreed that different responses were needed depending on why someone was committing a crime. san francisco deputy public defender doug welch called in to the hearing to say his clients charged with shoplifting are not part of organized crime, but are homeless or struggling with substance abuse and need more services.” sfchronicle

thus, city officials fail to comprehend that they are enablers for everything bad. the substance abusers can spend their money on drugs rather than food. after all, they can shoplift food but have to pay for their drugs. further, many homeless can participate in food stamp programs which would allow them to purchase items in stores. thus, society already provided them a means to obtain items without demeaning themselves to crime. further, arrests, for some, can be the wake-up call for them to change their life. the city government, however, holds them back from working through their problems. they are enabling them to continue with their bad habits and conduct and not seek help.

in sum, law abiding citizens in sf are left without stores for their necessities. criminals, homeless and addicts are enabled to continue their ill ways without the opportunity to have a reckoning to change their lives, and city council remains in denial of the fact that they are both not the brightest people in the city and incompetent as lawmakers.

business owners also need to take action. individuals have constitutional rights which may protect them from the city.’s laws businesses should consider the law to amount to an illegal taking of their private property and file and eminent domain based lawsuit and seek payment from the government for their increased losses.

be well!!

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Published by biblelifestudies

I am a practicing lawyer and long term admirer of the bible

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