New York Releases Hilarious Plan To Stop Rampant Shoplifting

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New York City is facing any number of major challenges these days.

Chief among them being a dramatic decline in population over the past few years.


Residents are rapidly fleeing for other cities and regions, in search of a better quality of life and less crime.

But the city’s leadership has a plan to tackle one of the most obvious issues plaguing New York businesses: shoplifting.

Shoplifting is up 44% in New York even since 2022.

You might think that the nation’s largest city would focus on increasing penalties to disincentive shoplifters. Or increase police staffing near major retail centers.

Maybe even ramping up enforcement of existing laws.

But that’s what a sane city would do, and New York is not a sane city.

In fact, instead of prosecuting first time shoplifters, the city will give them “intervention programs” instead. And that’s just one of the absurd, nonsensical ideas.

Others include “de-escalation training” for retail employees and neighborhood retail watch groups.

I mean, how can this not lower sky high shoplifting rates?

“Kiosks to stop would-be thieves with social service programs?”

What thief wouldn’t walk into a Soho Louis Vuitton store intending to steal a $3,000 bag only to stop when they see a kiosk offering social services?

Great work, Mayor Adams!

New York Mayor Eric Adams Has Shoplifting Plan
Eric Adams, mayor of New York, during a news conference in New York, US, on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. Three quarters of New Yorkers said crime was a “very serious” problem in a February Quinnipiac University poll, the highest number since the question was first asked in 1999. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New York City Shows Absurdity Of Progressive Governance

At this point it’s almost become a cliché that progressive politicians will come up with ridiculous “solutions” to combat problems they create.

But they just keep on doing it.

San Francisco and New York have both become laughingstocks. Cities where leadership has essentially abandoned all pretense of intelligent policy.

Los Angeles just proudly announced a new bus stop designed for “gender equity.” Complete with outdoor masks in 2023 as well.

Now New York’s big plan to help retailers suffering with rampant shoplifting is kiosks, lower penalties and “de-escalation” training.

It’s completely embarrassing and ultimately unsurprising.

Progressive politicians legitimately believe, in the face of all evidence and basic common sense, that their delusional policies have the slightest chance of working.

And when confronted with the inevitable failure, they’ll refuse to acknowledge failure and repeat the same mistakes.

New York is getting what they vote for: some of the country’s dumbest ideas.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC


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  1. When these stupid policies fail no one is held accountable. Citizens, the media, no body holds them to task. So they don’t give a f**k if they don’t work. In their feeble minds, proposing these moronic ideas gives the impression that they are actually doing something.

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