In October of 2022, the Whole Foods cut its operating hours, citing “high theft” and hostile people. “We’re spending more on security than any other store I would imagine,” the manager said. The store had only been open for 6 months, accord to the report.
In 2014, California adopted Proposition 47, which made thefts of $950 or less a misdemeanor. Once people realized that they were unlikely to be arrested or prosecuted for stealing below $1,000, they, of course, responded to the incentive. The stores advise employees not to interfere with shoplifters because they get hurt. Many crimes don’t even go reported.