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WATCH: Looting Madness Spreads, as Police Struggle to Stymy Stealing Sprees

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The holiday season, for all of its glory and kindness, and its emphasis on the human spirit, also brings with it a traditional uptick in petty crime.

Much of the reason for this comes from the additional fiscal requirements of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve, with gift-giving, travel, drinking and dining being loaded into the last 6th of the entire year.  To accommodate the expectations, there are many among us who’ll turn to thievery and con-jobs in order to offset the costs of November and December.

In 2021, this financial stress has manifested itself in several high profile, brazen acts of mass looting, and police are having trouble keeping up.

Mobs of thieves ransacked at least two dozen San Francisco area businesses over the weekend, as smash and grab incidents rage in the Bay Area.

“At least two dozen businesses were impacted,” Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong told CBS SF. “Roving caravans of vehicles, targeting cannabis operations, retail shops, pharmacies, throughout the city of Oakland.”

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The mobs of thieves hit a handful of pharmacies and marijuana dispensaries in Oakland, including the Wellspring pharmacy that released surveillance video of the scene to the media. Police added that the mobs in Oakland fired 175 shots during the incidents, forcing officers to pull back to safe locations, The Mercury News reported.

Some of these incidents were caught on camera:

The incidents have been largely compounded by widespread corporate policies that instruct employees not to interfere with shoplifters, due to cruel fact that these companies would be far more fiscally liable for the injury of an employee than the loss of inventory.


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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.