in the erstwhile Golden State of California are hoping to push through
controversial legislation that would ban retail staff from attempting to prevent thieves from stealing from their stores. Senate Bill 553, which was
submitted by State Senator Dave Cortese, has been passed by the State Senate and
will now progress to policy committees in the State Assembly. Cortese claims he
hopes the proposed law will prevent workplace violence and protect staff from
being injured during robberies.
But many retailers, from store managers on down, are furious over
the plans. The California Retailers Association characterized the move as an
open invitation for thieves "to come in and steal." As if yet another
incentive to steal was somehow necessary in a state where theft of up to $950
isn’t even prosecuted. Retailers, small and large, are closing their stores in
cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland because of
asinine policies just like the one proposed by Sen. Cortese.
If SB 553 passes, it would effectively make
it a crime…to try to prevent a crime.
Could there be a more perfect
illustration of progressive lunacy than that?