Lawmakers 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?