Walgreens has put chains on freezers in a San Francisco pharmacy location to deter theft, the company confirmed this week.
The story of the chained freezers was broken on Twitter by local activist Richie Greenberg:
NEW: Local Walgreens chains up the frozen food section to deter theft. San Francisco, Geary at 16th Av location today. pic.twitter.com/anFCEeFQsK
— Richie Greenberg (@greenbergnation) July 15, 2023
Local news outlets followed up, and the company confirmed that the pharmacy had chained the freezers.
CBS San Francisco reported Tuesday:
According to employees, the store sees more than 20 shoplifters every day, with items such as pizza and ice cream being cleared out every single night.
In a written statement, a Walgreens spokesperson told KPIX that retail crime is one of the top challenges facing their industry.
“We are focused on the safety of our patients, customers and team members. We continue to take preventative measures to safely deter theft and aim to deliver the best patient and customer experience. And we are working closely with law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders to draw greater attention to and improve our response to retail crime,” the spokesperson said.
San Francisco has recently seen an exodus of high-end retailers from its downtown area, thanks in part to crime that makes both shoppers and employees reluctant to come to the area.
As Breitbart News and others noted last month, nearly half of the retail stores in downtown San Francisco have left since 2019, the last pre-pandemic year.