CEO Closes San Francisco Store, Says City has ‘Descended Into Chaos’

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CEO Closes San Francisco Store, Says City has 'Descended Into Chaos'

Davis Smith, the founder of popular clothing and gear outfitter Cotopaxi, announced he is closing his San Francisco store because the area has “descended into a city of chaos.”

Smith cited robberies, constant vandalism, and fears for the safety of his employees for his decision to shutter the store he opened “in a charming shopping district” a year ago.

Smith said that the Democrat-run city’s refusal to do anything about theft and safety makes it impossible to run the business.

“Our team is terrified,” Smith wrote on LinkedIn.

“They feel unsafe. Security guards don’t help because these theft rings know that security guards won’t/can’t stop them.”

RELATED: Two-Thirds of San Francisco Residents Plan to Flee Due to Crime, Homelessness

“It’s impossible for a retail store to operate in these circumstances, especially when cities refuse to take any action (despite us paying taxes well above any other state we operate in),” Smith continued.

“As of today, we are closing the store due to rampant organized theft and lack of safety for our team,” Smith wrote.

“Our store is hit by organized theft rings several times per week. They brazenly enter the store and grab thousands of dollars of product and walk out,” he added.

Following the city’s decision to reduce the penalty for shoplifting under $950 worth of goods amid the surge of homelessness and crime, many businesses are closing their stores and going elsewhere.

There are now countless videos across social media showing shoplifters emptying store shelves into garbage bags and walking out with security guards and police powerless to do anything.

Here are a few examples – Watch:

Cotopaxi, founded in 2014, has faced unprecedented crimes since opening up its San Francisco store.

During the store’s first week, thieves smashed its windows and looted it.

Smith said he resorted to putting plywood on the windows after replacing them four times.

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Crotte
Crotte
1 year ago

With the progressives we are approaching the Barbarian State and it will be too late for the progressives to realize that they have also been the target of the barbarians.

Wire
Wire
1 year ago

That’s the plan, to force people out and then buy their property for pennies on the dollar.

Rob
Rob
1 year ago

Geographically, California is very desirable; with the mountains, ocean, climate and even the architectural infrastructure. Perhaps in 100 years, after multiple generational changes in political ideologies, it may once again be habitable.

Tim Lampmn
1 year ago

Surprise! Surprise! What did the defunders of police expect? Send in some psychologists to police things……..should make it all better.

Mike in a Truck
Mike in a Truck
1 year ago

This is what Bolsheviks do. Allow rampant crime. Empty prisons in order to terrify citizens. At some point citizens beg for relief and give up freedom for safety. They end up as slaves. The good thing is there will order- dictators hate disorder.

Dissociate
Dissociate
Reply to  Mike in a Truck
1 year ago

There was no alternate internet news back in the Bolsheviks days. Just MSM lies lets say. People also did not have millions of firearms and billions of bullets. The Bolshevik types we see today will be nothing more than targets if we the people begin to go mad.

Alcibiades
Alcibiades
1 year ago

Seeking reasonable reform of the justice and penal systems is one thing.

Mass decarceration, elimination of bail, defunding and hamstringing law enforcement, and “identity” based selective prosecutions are poisoned barbs in the Left’s counter hegemony campaign designed to erode the nations social contract.

The Democratic Party endorses these policies.

Assuming that Cotopaxi’s founder and the majority of his employee’s support the Democrats, they are simply being served their “woke” just deserts.

It is… immoral to claim virtue without fully living with its direct consequences. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Tim C
Tim C
1 year ago

I’m happy to say California is reaping it’s just rewards. I can’t think of a more deserving city, than the one that thrust Nancy Pelosi (and Gavin Newsome) upon us all. Here’s to laughing at your stupidity!

uneedtohang
uneedtohang
1 year ago

Thinking if the mafia was around it’d not be an issue, sure you are paying for protection, but you are also getting that protection.

In a few years there is not going to be any more easy pickings for these dirt bags, everyone will have left or gone out of b******s. They are going to be in for a rude awakening when they go into a normal place and try that c**p and finally eat lead.

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